Inmarsat and Telespazio to jointly develop mobile satellite services for the global energy sector

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), a leading satellite services company, are teaming up to develop joint offerings for energy and machine to machine (M2M) customers in the European Region.

Mobile satellite services (MSS) have long been an established part of the communications mix in the energy sector, frequently operating in areas that are remote from fixed-line and wireless networks. Both companies will look to collaborate on specific projects to enhance their services and product offerings for this industry, particularly in the high growth area of M2M and remote applications.

The companies are co-exhibiting at the Offshore Europe conference and exhibition, which takes place in Aberdeen, Scotland (3rd to 6th September, 2013). They are presenting their joint capabilities in mobile and fixed broadband services for the oil & gas sector, with solutions that include Inmarsat’s portable BGAN, BGAN Link, BGAN M2M services and terminals.

Inmarsat will also have on display its next generation, high speed, mobile broadband satellite service, Global Xpress (GX), which is planned for global availability from 2015.

With Inmarsat’s and Telespazio’s full energy portfolio presented at the show, both companies will be able to illustrate the tailored connectivity services that can be used throughout the various phases of the oil and gas project lifecycle, helping to introduce operational efficiencies and bring fields on-stream quicker and at a lower cost.

Senior Vice President BU Networks & Connectivity of Telespazio SpA, Marco Brancati said: “It is an additional opportunity to further improve the successful long term relationship between the two companies in the Satcom market, representing as well a unique guarantee for energy sector customers for reliable, up to date and high quality solutions provisioning.”

President of Inmarsat Enterprise, Ronald Spithout said: “The significance of our two companies working together on new offerings will provide important benefits for the energy sector. It opens up new possibilities for both companies.”

Regional Vice President Inmarsat Energy Europe Leszek Bartnikiewicz said: “This will be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the joint capabilities of both companies and to showcase how Inmarsat is able to support its Distribution Partners.”

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About Inmarsat

Inmarsat is the world’s premier mobile satellite services operator and the leading provider of global voice, data and IP communication solutions. We own and operate a fleet of 10 spacecraft in geostationary orbit and offer unrivalled expertise in a range of cross-platform mobile and fixed satellite, microwave and wireless technologies. Our extensive portfolio provides voice and high data-speed connectivity to a diverse array of markets, including Oil and Gas companies around the globe. Our services help oil and gas operators to work more productively and cost-effectively, giving them a competitive advantage during upstream operations.

About Telespazio

Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbit satellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services to scientific programmes. Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes such as Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2012, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 562 million while employing approximately 2,500 people worldwide.