Inmarsat has signed Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) as the first telco in Asia to become a value added reseller (VAR) of Global Xpress ® for the maritime market.
“By harnessing our telco and ICT capabilities in combination with Global Xpress, we are now able to offer our maritime customers a fully integrated end-to-end solution,” said Andrew Lim, Managing Director of Business Group, SingTel Group Enterprise.
“The maritime industry is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities created by rapidly-changing technologies.
“Together, GlobalXpress and SingTel will be able to lead the change and revolutionise the future of maritime communication, which is an exciting prospect for our customers.”
Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said the agreement is the natural result of decades of successful co-operation between SingTel and Inmarsat.
“SingTel has an extensive knowledge of the Asian and Australian markets, with a wide distribution network through which to deliver Global Xpress,” he said.
“SingTel is the pre-eminent communication solution provider in Asia and the ideal partner to introduce Asia's growing maritime market to the potential of Global Xpress's superior high bandwidth value.”
Scheduled for service introduction in 2014, Global Xpress will offer the shipping industry the first global superfast broadband network.
Based on Ka-band technology, Global Xpress will consistently deliver the fastest speeds through more compact terminals at a lower cost than existing VSAT services – making it accessible to many more vessels.
It will offer the global coverage and reliability that Inmarsat is renowned for, with back-up from FleetBroadband for extra resilience in the most challenging environments.