26 November 2013 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the appointment of the ESL group, one of Europe’s leading integrators of mobile radio and satellite communication equipment for land and maritime use, as a Global Government Distribution Partner. In this capacity, ESL will focus on the Government and Defence markets in Europe, offering a range of L-band services including FleetBroadband, BGAN and GSPS.
ESL, which has been offering Inmarsat connectivity services for some 20 years, is also an Inmarsat Platinum Service Provider Partner and a certified partner for Cobham SATCOM. The two companies have already begun the technical and commercial integration process and it is anticipated that ESL will become a fully operational Inmarsat Distribution Partner in Q1 2014.
Nikolaj Hvegholm, COO of ESL said: “We are proud to be appointed as an Inmarsat Distribution Partner. Our agreement with Inmarsat is a clear acknowledgement of our expertise and dedication in the European Government sector, as well as our understanding of the benefits offered through Inmarsat’s portfolio of connectivity services.
“Our new role as an Inmarsat Global Government Distribution Partner fits perfectly with our strategy and will further support us in servicing our government customers and supporting our government sector partners.”
Henrik Christensen, CEO of ESL explained: “We are convinced that this will further strengthen our solution centric approach and fuel our business development activities in Central & Eastern Europe. Through our close cooperation with the Inmarsat Global Government team, we have developed a strong proposition for both our direct customers and partners that will enable growth in our key markets and further strengthen the relationship between ESL and Inmarsat.”
Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said: “We are delighted to welcome ESL as a Distribution Partner. Their dedication and commitment over many years has demonstrated the strength they will bring to this new role. We look forward to working closely with them to bring the benefits of Inmarsat’s L-band voice and broadband data services to Europe’s civil and military sectors.”
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The ESL group was known until end of 2005 known as Nera GmbH. The ESL Group is a leading satellite solution provider and integrator, focusing on developing and offering customized solutions to it maritime customers with fishing, mega yacht and commercial shipping industry as well as for its media, NGO and government customers globally. The ESL group provides its customers with mobile communication solutions meeting the customer’s individual needs through offerings ranging from consultancy services over installation, service and support to custom made solutions, IT integration and hard- and software developments. This approach has positioned the ESL group within the government, maritime and land mobile markets as a highly innovative, reliable and professional supplier of mobile satellite communication solutions and services, based on traditional radio and broadband satellite communication systems. The ESL Group is located in Barsbüttel, Germany, Warsaw, Poland and Copenhagen, Denmark. More information about the ESL Group can be found at www.eurosatlink.com.
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).