Inmarsat (LSE ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed an agreement with NSSLGlobal Ltd, appointing the independent service provider for satellite communications solutions as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of Global Xpress (GX) for the maritime market.
GX will provide the shipping industry with the first global, superfast broadband service with speeds up to 50Mbps. Based on Ka-band technology, GX will consistently deliver higher performance through more compact terminals at a lower cost than existing VSAT services, making it accessible to many more vessels. It will offer the global coverage and reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned, and is complemented by Inmarsat’s award-winning FleetBroadband for extra resilience in the most challenging environments.
Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: In building our VAR network for Global Xpress, NSSLGlobal’s understanding of our business, combined with their decades of experience serving the maritime industry, makes them an excellent partner for Inmarsat’s revolutionary GX service. We continue to make strong progress in building our global channel network in advance of the launch of our first Ka-band satellite at the end of this year.
Sally-Anne Ray, Chief Operating Officer, NSSLGlobal Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as a Global Xpress launch partner for Inmarsat. VSAT communications has traditionally been a luxury in the maritime market and consequently only gained traction with customers who have the capital expenditure, space and data requirements to accommodate an always-on VSAT system. Global Xpress represents the next generation of communication for the whole maritime industry, as it provides a cost-effective broadband solution that supports the rapidly growing bandwidth demands of operational and crew welfare applications.”
NSSLGlobal Ltd was founded in 1969 and serves thousands of maritime customers across the world from deep-sea merchant fleets to the Super Yacht market. A long-time partner of Inmarsat, NSSLGlobal offers a full range of integration, support and maintenances services to its customers, in addition to consultancy on communication solutions.