April 28, 2020 – Inmarsat has announced that it will provide further enhanced support to the vital aid and NGO sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. These new initiatives will enable enhanced offerings across both platforms and come as a direct response to the additional challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring emergency responders can continue delivering critical aid and relief. Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) and Isatphone 2 services are crucial connectivity tools for land-based organisations, especially for aid agencies and NGOs. The new initiatives include enabling Inmarsat’s BGAN Link plan for usage globally. This means that the normally static, geo-specific service can offer organisations the capability to operate cost-effectively and without complexity within a wider geographic range as they carry out their vital operations. Inmarsat will also offer its BGAN Pro Plan, with a new discount of 50% on the cost of any data used over the 30MB monthly allowance, delivering significant cost savings for the typical user. ThinKom has successfully tested its Ku- and Ka-band COTS phased-array aero antennas across commercial and military frequency bands and a wide range of GEO and non-geostationary (NGSO) satellites over the past 12 months. In all cases, the phased-array antennas have consistently demonstrated high throughput operation and rapid reliable handoffs, including both intra- and inter-satellite switching.