20 December 2013: Inmarsat has reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement with Astrium which will see Global Xpress services made available to the space technology company’s large partner and customer base.
Astrium Services will deliver Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels.
The strategic agreement will cover key vertical markets, including maritime, government and defence sectors -initially in Europe.
Ultimately the Astrium Services’ Global Xpress offering will encompass all service types – packaged services and bandwidth capacity, as well as commercial and military Ka-band.
Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network will provide a seamless worldwide broadband service.
The first Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 8 December 2013 and the company is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014.
Astrium Services’ customers will benefit not only from the world’s first globally available mobile broadband network, but also from a comprehensive range of global connectivity services designed for commercial and government markets.
“This agreement is the natural continuity of a long-standing partnership between Astrium Services and Inmarsat,” said Evert Dudok, Chief Executive Officer of Astrium Services.
“Astrium Services has been Inmarsat’s number one distribution partner since we acquired Vizada in December 2011. We are eager to continue this strong relationship by bringing the benefits of Global Xpress to our customers using our satcom expertise.”
By adding Global Xpress to its portfolio, Astrium Services will also enable its partners and customers to further enhance their business capabilities and growth.
Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat, said: “Global Xpress is going to change the game in mobile satellite connectivity and we are delighted that Astrium Services is joining us in bringing the benefits of the world’s first high-speed global broadband service to its impressive portfolio of customers.
“Astrium serves an unparalleled range of market segments and, together with their powerful network of service providers, will help make Global Xpress the preferred choice for end-users in those segments, extending and deepening our global business partnership.”