While this may not be of major interest to most folks working in the field it will interest those who are currently stationed in Oceania and SE Asia. The third and final Inmarsat satellite is scheduled to launch on August 19th and will complete Inmarsat’s efforts to cover the earth. It will add overlap coverage (see the bright blue area in the coverage map below) for countries like Indonesia, the Philippines and PNG. From their site:
The current constellation of two Inmarsat-4 satellites delivers mobile broadband services to 85 per cent of the world’s landmass, covering 98 per cent of the world’s population. A successful launch of the third Inmarsat-4 will complete the global coverage for Inmarsat’s broadband services.
Read the rest of the press release here