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Inmarsat, Astrium sign distribution deal

GX services available to Astrium’s partners, customer basern

Inmarsat and Astrium have reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement which will see Global Xpress (GX) services made available to Astrium Services’ partner and customer base.

Astrium Services will deliver GX high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels. The strategic agreement will cover key vertical markets including the maritime and government and defence sectors initially, in Europe. In due course, the Astrium Services GX offering will encompass all service types including packaged services and bandwidth capacity as well as commercial and military Ka-band.

Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band satellite network will provide a seamless worldwide broadband service. The first GX satellite was successfully launched on December 8, 2013 and the company is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014.

“This agreement is the natural continuity of a long-standing partnership between Astrium Services and Inmarsat,” says Evert Dudok, CEO of Astrium Services. “Astrium Services has been Inmarsat’s number one distribution partner since we acquired Vizada in December 2011. We are eager to continue this strong relationship by bringing the benefits of Global Xpress to our customers using our satcom expertise.”

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, adds: “We are delighted that Astrium has committed to continue its long and valued partnership with Inmarsat into the Global Xpress era. Global Xpress is going to change the game in mobile satellite connectivity and we are delighted that Astrium Services is joining us in bringing the benefits of the world’s first high-speed global broadband service to its impressive portfolio of customers. Astrium serves an unparalleled range of market segments and, together with their powerful network of service providers, will help make Global Xpress the preferred choice for end-users in those segments, extending and deepening our global business partnership.”