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Inmarsat has announced the unveiling of ELERA, a global narrowband network that is to respond to the evolving world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and for global mobility customers. This includes aviation, maritime, government work and select enterprises.

ELERA is built on Inmarsat’s L-band network supporting global maritime and aviation safety services and humanitarian missions. This is in addition to IoT applications across agritech, transportation and utilities, among many others.

The new innovations that the company is investing in to bring to market in the near future include spectrum management technology to deliver L-band speeds up to 1.7Mbps, the smallest footprint, low cost L-band terminal and two new L-band satellites.

New spectrum management capabilities (known as Carrier Aggregation) incorporated into the ELERA network are expected to deliver the fastest speeds globally available to L-band customers.

Live customer trials in commercial aviation are scheduled to start during the course of 2022 and this technology will be rolled out across a range of sector specific applications for Inmarsat’s mobility, government and IoT customers over the coming few years.

Juergen Hensel