Airbus Defense and Space extends GX partnership

12 March 2014: Airbus Defense and Space has extended its strategic Global Xpress (GX) value-added partnership to include Inmarsat’s Enterprise market.

The agreement will enable the company to offer Inmarsat’s next-generation, high-speed broadband satellite service to its large partner and customer base across a range of markets, including NGO and humanitarian aid, oil and gas, mining, media, and large corporates.

The new partnership will see Airbus Defense and Space covering all of Inmarsat’s key vertical markets including maritime, government and defence sectors.

Close cooperation

“This announcement represents an important extension of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress channel capabilities within the enterprise market,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Enterprise.

“With our first high-speed broadband satellite – Inmarsat-5 F1 – on schedule to begin delivering regional commercial service for Global Xpress by mid-year, we are delighted to have them on-board as the latest global GX Value Added Reseller for Enterprise.”

Danny Côté, Head of Enterprise Satellite Communications for Airbus Defense and Space said: “We welcome this further extension of our partnership with Inmarsat to bring the benefits of Global Xpress, as part of our AuroraGlobal offering, to our large partner and customer base across all Enterprise verticals.”

The full constellation of three GX satellites is on schedule to become fully deployed by the end of 2014.

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