16 September 2014: Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, is beginning the second phase of Global Xpress® terminal development for the government and enterprise markets around the world through the signing today of a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) with ThinKom Solutions (ThinKom).
ThinKom is a leading provider of innovative, affordable, compact broadband antenna and product solutions for comms-on-the-move (COTM) applications. Its primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of affordable high data rate connectivity for the consumer, enterprise and public sector organisations including military, intelligence, civilian and public safety communities. Inmarsat and ThinKom will jointly assess market opportunities for the development of COTM terminals for use over Inmarsat’s game-changing, high-throughput Global Xpress satellite network.
“More than ever before, users depend on the ability to leverage data-intensive applications in the field that require reliable, seamless and interoperable connections to deliver a successful mission, anywhere around the world,” said David Schoen, vice president of Inmarsat’s Product and Network Innovations. “We are delighted to announce the partnership with ThinKom, to explore opportunities to enhance the Global Xpress offering. This is an important milestone on the path toward full roll-out and global availability of the Global Xpress network.”
Mark Silk, ThinKom’s CEO, said: “We value Inmarsat’s partnership and look forward to exploiting the unique advantages of our ultra-low-profile, phased array technology for the Global Xpress network. ThinKom’s next generation Ka-band COTM terminals bring true world-wide broadband capability to government and enterprise users, with a smaller form-factor and higher efficiency than is otherwise available on the market today.”
COTM is planned as the second phase in Inmarsat’s development strategy to deliver enhanced Global Xpress service capabilities. The first of three Inmarsat-5 satellites was successfully launched in December 2013 and entered commercial service on 1st July 2014.
The partnership with ThinKom is one in a series of second phase Global Xpress manufacturing partner relationships which Inmarsat expects to be announcing over the coming months.
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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). The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on Twitter @InmarsatGlobal
ThinKom Solutions is a leading provider of innovative highly-affordable compact broadband antenna and product solutions for aeronautical, on-the-move (OTM), and manportable applications. Its products uniquely enable worldwide availability of affordable, high data rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka-, and Q-Band frequency bands for the consumer, enterprise, first-responder, civil, military, and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com or email Greg Otto at firstname.lastname@example.org.