Inmarsat achieved global coverage for its BGAN mobile broadband satellite service with the successful launch Tuesday of its F3 satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Built by Astrium, the F3 spacecraft is the third in a set of four Inmarsat I-4 series satellites slated for the BGAN network, which offers customers seamless mobile broadband connectivity for a range of functions that encompass voice, Internet, e-mail, and video. The first two I-4 series satellites were launched in 2005 and are currently in operation. Together, these spacecraft deliver BGAN broadband connectivity to 98% of the world’s population spread across 85% of the world’s landmass. The F3 bird deployed this week will complete BGAN’s global coverage from the 98° West Longitude orbital slot. As all three satellites are capable of being reconfigured in orbit, Inmarsat confirmed that all three spacecraft would undergo some repositioning to promote optimal coverage and performance for certain BGAN services. That process is expected to cause some slight service disruptions that Inmarsat said would be managed through the use of back-up facilities.