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Inmarsat facing legal challenge to plans to provide internet on flights in Europe

Global Xpress satellite. Credit: Inmarsat artist's concept

Inmarsat is facing a legal challenge to its plans to provide internet access on flights in Europe with a new satellite.

ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic are seeking an injunction from the European Court of Justice to block Inmarsat from offering those services with its new Inmarsat S EAN satellite launched last week.

Those companies claim Inmarsat’s original license for that S-band spectrum required it to be used for rural broadband, with most users on the ground.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce dismissed the claims, saying his competitors were “just making mischief.” [The Telegraph]


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