12 March 2014: Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today announced a new partnership with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT), which is designed to address additional market opportunities for the forthcoming Global Xpress service in the fixed, land-based VSAT sector.
Inmarsat and Gilat will work closely to identify specific opportunities in which Gilat’s technical offering is best suited to driving uptake of Global Xpress by end-users requiring fixed VSAT broadband connectivity. Under the agreement, Gilat will provide a suite of fixed GX land terminals and related network management resources, which will be made available to VARs, enabling them to address the further prospects identified.
Inmarsat’s fleet of three GX satellites (the Inmarsat-5 constellation) is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the close of 2014. The game-changing Ka-band network will offer unprecedented, globally available, high-speed broadband data services.
“Gilat’s leadership in Ka-band satellite technology, coupled with their outstanding brand-presence in the enterprise land market, makes them an important partner in addressing these additional opportunities,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat. “Gilat’s unique solution was customised especially for these new service opportunities and draws on their broad experience in fulfilling the unique requirements of land enterprise customers.”
“We are proud to be part of this important alliance, and regard the Global Xpress initiative as a strong advocator of Gilat’s strategic investment in Ka-band, the next generation in satellite communications,” said Erez Antebi, Gilat’s CEO. “This project allowed us to bring together two of Gilat’s centers of excellence – our advancements and innovation in Ka-band VSAT technology, and our dedicated service and product quality for the enterprise market.”
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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).
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in the United States, Peru and Colombia.
With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com
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