View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
January 10, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 1:07pm


By CBR Staff Writer

The International Maritime Satellite Organization – Inmarsat – has stolen a march on all the other satellite cellular telephone service start-ups by becoming the first to offer service. The first to put its head above the parapet is the Comsat Personal Communications arm of Comsat Corp in Bethesda, Maryland, which has launched service on the Inmarsat-3 satellite under the Planet 1. The service offers secure personal voice, facsimile and data communications from a portable notebook-sized phone, at an estimated cost of $3 per minute. The phone does not come cheap – it sells for about $3,000, and is aimed at international travelers and those who work in areas without reliable telephone or cellular service, although foreign correspondents sound likely to be the most interested. Planet 1 service is immediately available in Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Europe, South America, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and India. The service is scheduled to cover the globe by summer 1997. Cellular phone service is available in only approximately 20% of the world and is often incompatible from country to country, the company says, adding that fewer than 50% of the people in the world have access to ordinary phone service. The Inmarsat-3 satellites use a high-power spot beam system, which enables revolutionary reduction in antenna size.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.