12 March 2014: Inmarsat has appointed international managed satellite services provider Telespazio as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX), serving government and enterprise markets.
In the enterprise sector, Telespazio will be targeting energy, media and corporate customers with a particular focus on Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
In the government segment, the Finmeccanica/Thales company will offer the game-changing, high-speed broadband satellite service to customers in Europe.
“Telespazio is a highly regarded specialist within the satellite industry and we have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with them. We are delighted to welcome them to our growing family of GX VARs,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Enterprise.
“Telespazio has a strong presence in regions which are important targets for us – in particular Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”
Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said: “Telespazio is an exciting partner for us because of its significant defence systems integration capability and its well-developed government focused distribution in Europe.
“Both Telespazio’s parent companies have an extensive portfolio of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) products which will benefit from the high bandwidth mobile communications GX affords.”
This agreement strengthens a long and successful collaboration between Inmarsat and Telespazio, and confirms Telespazio’s position as a leading operator in value-added integrated satellite communication services.
Global Xpress will be the world’s first globally available Ka-band mobile broadband satellite network, providing very high bandwidth services to end-users on land, at sea and in the air through a resilient, secure waveform that is optimised for mobility.
Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.
Inmarsat-5 F1, the first Global Xpress satellite, which was launched in December 2013, is completing its final ‘shakedown’ tests and is on course to enter commercial service by mid-year 2014.
The full constellation of three satellites is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of the year.
Telespazio is a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s L-band services, as well as managing and operating Inmarsat’s L-band and Global Xpress satellite access station at Fucino in Italy.