Inmarsat endorses GVF certification of satcom operators and installers in support of Global Xpress deployments

More than 10,000 members will be able to take part in new training programme

18 June 2014 – Committed to providing the best possible service for customers, Inmarsat is endorsing a training and certification programme designed specifically for the introduction of Global Xpress (GX), the high-speed mobile broadband satellite service.  GX is scheduled for Commercial Service Introduction in the EMEA and Asia regions this summer, following the successful launch and testing of Inmarsat-5 F1, the first of Inmarsat’s three Ka-band communication satellites. The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) training, open to all Forum members, will provide specific GX installation and operator training.

Through Inmarsat’s endorsement of both GVF’s online and face-to-face modules, installers and operators engaged in the introduction of GX will be encouraged to take up the opportunity of training designed to optimise the speed of deployment and use of GX systems. By introducing a standardised service, customers will be safe in the knowledge that their terminal performance will be optimised and the potential for interference to adjacent satellites will be significantly reduced. Inmarsat will be working with GVF, which manages the international satellite communications industry’s Certification Programme.

“Inmarsat has a world leading reputation for the robust and reliable nature of its mobile satellite communication services. Therefore, high quality training for GX installers is a priority. We are committed to ensuring that our customers receive the same quality of service they have come to expect from Inmarsat and that they can quickly benefit from the game-changing, high-performance broadband satellite solutions available through GX,” said Michele Franci, Vice President of Infrastructure Development & Programs. “Our decision to endorse GVF training and certification is a clear demonstration of that commitment.”

“High Throughput Satellite services and ‘Satcom on the Move’ systems are redefining the way that next-generation broadband solutions are delivered,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General, GVF. “Inmarsat’s endorsement of GVF Certification will help ensure that their customers have access to training that promotes the highest possible standards of performance.”

As GX systems and services are offered worldwide, Inmarsat’s partners and customers will have access to an extensive portfolio of online courses, including offshore, maritime, military and SNG operator training, as well as product-specific training on systems that are integral to the GX solution. The online interactive curriculum, which was developed by GVF’s training partner, SatProf, is available at www.gvf.org/training.

The endorsement follows Inmarsat’s decision to require type approval of GX terminals in co-ordination with the GVF Quality Products Framework. The association provides outsourced earth station type-approvals testing services through a mutually-recognized test framework and an industry-authorised network of testing entities. Major global and regional satellite operators rely upon the service, which is provided by GVF, through its Mutual Recognition Arrangement Working Group (MRA-WG).

“The procedures used are similar to the time-tested and well-understood procedures employed by the major satellite system operators over the past two decades,” said Colin Robinson, Chairman of the MRA-WG. “Successful completion of the process results in a type approval issued by the satellite system operator from whom type approval is being sought. The process is transparent to the antenna manufacturer or system integrator seeking type approval for their product.”

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About GVF

GVF is the international association of the satellite communications industry. Supported by 200 companies based in every major region of the world, GVF promotes higher standards of service, greater levels of market access, improved regulatory conditions, and heightened awareness by the private and public sectors of the advantages afforded by state-of-the-art satellite-based fixed and mobile solutions. For more information, please visit www.gvf.org.

About Inmarsat

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.

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