10 February 2014 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed an agreement with the ESL Group, appointing the specialised, managed satellite services provider as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress®, serving the Government market in Europe.
ESL is one of Europe’s leading integrators of satellite communications for land and maritime users, with a strong focus on the Government market. ESL has been offering Inmarsat’s services for more than 20 years and, following a period as an Inmarsat Platinum Service Provider, has recently also been appointed as a full distribution partner for Inmarsat’s L-band services.
Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government Services, said: “ESL has demonstrated clearly through recent expansion and investment its serious intent to grow its Government business. We are very pleased to welcome ESL as one of the first GX VARs in the Government sector and we look forward to working very closely with them as GX goes live later this year.”
Henrik Christensen, CEO of ESL, commented: “We are very proud to be appointed as a GX VAR for the Government market in Europe. We are confident that Inmarsat GX will be a true game-changer in the MSS industry because of its unique offering of unrivalled mobility, throughput measured in megabits per second and a very specific set of features developed specifically for the Government markets. Including Inmarsat GX in our portfolio of unique solutions and value-added services will be a notable benefit for our Government customers throughout Europe.”
Global Xpress will be the first globally available Ka-band mobile broadband satellite network, providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aero terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which 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.
The first of three Global Xpress satellites was launched successfully on 8 December 2013. The Inmarsat-5 constellation is on course to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014.
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
The ESL Group is a leading satellite solution provider and system integrator, focusing on delivering customized solutions to the Government markets globally as well as to its customers within fishing, commercial shipping and offshore industry. ESL provides mobile communication solutions tailored to individual requirements ranging from consulting, installation, service and support, to custom designed solutions, IT integration and hard- and software developments. ESL has offices in Hamburg, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Copenhagen, Denmark.