Inmarsat’s 13 satellites provide mobile connections for people in isolated locations, such as on aeroplanes and ships, and enable services such as email, internet access and video conferencing. A 14th satellite, launched in November, is due to enter service later this year. Since March, it has provided discounted voice calls and free video telemedicine for crews at sea on up to 40,000 ships, plus enhanced services for aid agencies. Established by the International Maritime Organization in 1979 to enable ships to call for help, Inmarsat was listed in London in 2005 and acquired in December 2019 in a £4.3bn deal led by Apax and Warburg Pincus. Rupert Pearce, 56, is chief executive.
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