20 February 2014: Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Globecomm, appointing the specialised managed satellite services provider as a worldwide Value Added Reseller (VAR) serving the Enterprise market for Global Xpress (GX), the world’s first globally available Ka-band, high-speed broadband satellite network for mobile and fixed users.
This is the second such appointment for Globecomm, which in December was named as a GX VAR for the Government market, serving predominantly the Middle East and Africa.
Globecomm has a strong presence across EMEA and will play an important role in driving take-up of Inmarsat’s new high-throughput, Ka-band, GX satellite service across the continent. The company has strong engineering and solutions expertise across cellular networks, satellite networks and mobile satellite communications, as well as in content delivery systems, placing Globecomm in an ideal position to provide their GX customers with all the services and support required.
“We are delighted to welcome Globecomm to our family of Enterprise GX VARs,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Enterprise. “Their expertise across all aspects of fixed and mobile connectivity services, in addition to their strong customer base in Africa and the Middle East, makes them an ideal partner as we prepare to launch our game-changing service.
“In many areas across the continent, the existing terrestrial telecommunications infrastructure is simply unable to support end-user applications that require high-bandwidth. As a result, there is significant, untapped demand for a high-throughput satellite service like Global Xpress; one that can be deployed rapidly and easily, regardless of the state of the terrestrial infrastructure. Globecomm’s experience also means that they understand and can react swiftly to the particular needs of their customers in Africa.”
Keith Hall, CEO of Globecomm, said: “Global Xpress is an ideal addition to our existing portfolio of connectivity services and, as a Ka-band network, it perfectly matches our in-house technical and engineering resources. As a long standing Distribution Partner for Inmarsat’s L-band services, we have a strong working relationship and see GX as a perfect medium to drive growth within the EMEA VSAT market.”
The first of three Global Xpress satellites (Inmarsat-5 F1), which is designed primarily to serve the African, the Middle East and Europe markets, was launched on 8th December 2013. The satellite has now achieved full orbital deployment and Inmarsat is now undertaking full payload testing. Full Commercial Service Introduction (CSI) of Inmarsat-5 F1 is on schedule and targeted for mid-2014. The second and third Inmarsat-5 Ka-band satellites are on course to be launched during the course of 2014.
Globecomm is a long-standing Inmarsat Distribution Partner and has been offering its customers Inmarsat’s award-winning L-band services for eight years, including BGAN, FleetBroadband, M2M and Inmarsat’s family of satellite phones.
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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).
Globecomm Systems Inc., (“we”, “our”, “us” or “Globecomm”), is a leading global communications solutions provider. Employing our expertise in emerging communication technologies, including satellite and other transport mediums, we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. We believe our integrated approach of in-house design and engineering expertise combined with a world-class global network and our 24 by 7 network operating centers provides us a unique competitive advantage. We focus this value proposition to selective vertical markets, including government, wireless, media, enterprise, and maritime. As a communications solutions provider we leverage our global network to provide customers managed access services to the United States Internet backbone, video content, the public switched telephone network or their corporate headquarters, or government offices. We currently have customers for which we are providing such services in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm Systems also maintains offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.