26 November 2013 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the appointment of Network Innovations Inc, a specialised managed satellite services provider, as the first Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX) serving both the Enterprise Media and Enterprise Energy sectors on a worldwide basis. This follows on from two previous agreements with Inmarsat, which saw Network Innovations Inc. appointed as a GX VAR for both Inmarsat Maritime (as GMPCS) and Inmarsat Global Government.
Network Innovations will be offering the unique benefits of Global Xpress to customers in the media, oil & gas, mining and utility sectors, among others. The company has operations across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, with a growing presence in Asia and Africa, and serves tier-one global broadcasters and leading energy-focused businesses.
Global Xpress is the first globally available Ka-band broadband satellite network to offer very high bandwidth services, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform that is optimised for mobility. Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “This is an exciting announcement for us and marks the appointment of the first GX VAR that addresses the wider Enterprise market, including the media, energy and VSAT segments. Network Innovations is a true pioneer and, with their global reach and roster of world class customers, they are an ideal partner to help us drive the adoption of Global Xpress in the media and energy sectors.”
Tim Harkema, President of Network Innovations, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Inmarsat for its game-changing Global Xpress service. We are proud to be a GX VAR across three of Inmarsat’s major business segments – maritime, government and enterprise – and look forward to working closely with Inmarsat across the world.
“For our media customers, the combination of highly portable, light-weight, small footprint terminals, together with Inmarsat’s unique high speed, globally available broadband service – all delivered with high reliability and resilience – is a major innovation. For the energy sector, these factors combined with scalability and the consistency of operations on a global basis will generate significant demand.”
Network Innovations was founded in 1988 and has built a very successful satellite voice and data communications business over the last two decades. Combining creativity with flexibility, Network Innovations has developed a wide range of custom solutions for customers across a broad range of industry sectors and in some of the most demanding and remote environments around the world.
The first of three Global Xpress satellites – Inmarsat-5 F1 – is scheduled to be launched in December with full global coverage on course to be achieved by the end of 2014.
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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).
Network Innovations (NI) is a satellite communications integrator, focused in the provision and support of reliable, cost-effective telecom solutions that enable our customers to communicate anywhere on the planet. Incorporated in 1988, Network Innovations has grown consistently and profitably through a team of professionals located at offices around the globe. Our success has come through the development and delivery of turn-key communications solutions for the government, energy, maritime and media sectors. Our flexibility to custom-engineer solutions and integrate various communications technologies for customer and industry-specific needs, sets us apart from the competition. For more information, please visit www.networkinv.com.