The crew of more than 200 members enjoy data transmission capacity for applications with high bandwidth consumption

Satlink is the only Spanish distributor for the Ministry of Defense of the services offered by the Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite constellation

Madrid, November 22, 2017.- Satlink, a Spanish engineering company specialized in satellite telecommunications, has installed the first satellite broadband communications system – Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) – in the Cristóbal Colón frigate of the Spanish Navy. As a result of the project and the yields achieved, the Spanish Navy has acquired a new system for another supply vessel of its fleet and plans to implement it in other vessels.

Satlink is the only Spanish distributor for the Spanish Ministry of Defense of the services offered by the GX satellite constellation, the first high speed Ka band network with worldwide coverage, which uses the Inmarsat I-5 satellites. This generation of satellites provides secure broadband connectivity for airborne, naval and terrestrial operations.

The initial project, developed by the Spanish Navy, was carried out in the Cristóbal Colón frigate during its voyage to Australian waters and under a project agreement between the Spanish Navy and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). During more than 120 days of navigation, the crew of the frigate, composed of more than 200 members, enjoyed a high capacity for data transmission, regardless of the geographical point in which the ship was located.

Global Xpress operates in Ka band which allows connections up to 50Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream. This connectivity capability allows the deployment of applications and solutions with high bandwidth consumption, including high definition video, in the most remote and inaccessible places in the world.

According to Óscar Santidrián, manager director of Government Unit in Satlink, “Global Xpress is the only broadband network that can deliver Internet anywhere in the world using the same network. Military missions, such as those carried out by the Cristóbal Colón frigate, entail crossings that can last for months, so we are sure that the crew will appreciate the new data services with which from now on they will be able to interact.”

About Satlink
Founded in 1992, Satlink is a Spanish engineering company specialized in satellite telecommunications. Satlink, which has agreements with the global satellite networks Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium, is a world leader as a provider of technological solutions for the fishing sector and also markets satellite communications solutions in the terrestrial and air environment. Satlink is a regular supplier of the Ministry of Defense since its foundation 25 years ago. Headquartered in Madrid, Satlink has offices in Seychelles, Ecuador and Fiji.