Satnews Daily
February 18th, 2020

Inmarsat's New Saudi Arabian Partners Provide Connectivity Solutions on Land, Sea and Air

Closing session of the Launch event, showing Khaled al Saleh (CITC), Abdullah Sulaiman (Sada), Neil Pringle (Inmarsat), Ronald Spithout (Inmarsat), Zeina Mokaddem (Inmarsat), Faris al Alam (CITC), Malik Sulaiman (Sada), Shabeer Mohammad (Global Beam Telecom)

Inmarsat has made some new partners in Saudi Arabia where they will provide connectivity solutions working with fixed and mobile satellite telecommunications distributor Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom.  

The two companies have been appointed as Inmarsat’s first distribution partners in Saudi Arabia and the region, and they will work closely with Inmarsat’s maritime, aviation and enterprise businesses to roll-out services in the area.

The company additionally announced that it has secured new spectrum licenses to deliver both its narrow-band (L-band) and high-capacity broadband (Ka-band), Global Xpress (GX), services in Saudi Arabia, enabling Saudi-based businesses to deploy these services for the first time. 

Further capacity is set to benefit customers in Saudi Arabia and beyond soon, as the recently-launched GX-5 satellite comes into commercial service in 2020, to meet the surging demand for high-capacity broadband across the skies and seas of Europe and the Middle East.

Global Beam Telecom & Sada Al Ammah will work with Inmarsat’s Enterprise business:  to bring the benefits of its award-winning connectivity services to land-based users in the Middle East.

Inmarsat’s Maritime business will partner with Sada Al Ammah: to distribute connectivity services for merchant and offshore vessels operating in Saudi waters, providing full access to Inmarsat’s industry-leading Fleet Xpress services.

It has also signed a separate installation agreement with service company Master Systems. Combining the high data speeds of Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band technology with the proven reliability of Inmarsat’s flagship FleetBroadband L-band service for unlimited backup, Fleet Xpress services will enable the digital transformation of Saudi and foreign-flagged vessels operating in the region.

Inmarsat’s Aviation business will work with Sada Al Ammah: to deliver cockpit safety services and passenger cabin broadband Wi-Fi connectivity (GX Aviation for commercial airlines and Jet ConneX for business jets) to companies based in Saudi-Arabia, enabling airline and business aviation passengers to browse the internet, stream video and music, check and update social media, and more, during their flights.

The successful launch of Global Xpress' GX5, November 27, 2019.

Inmarsat’s L-band network provides best-in-class connectivity services for users on land, at sea and in the air.  The network enables a wide range of use cases such as fleet management, remote analytics, data transfer and other IoT/M2M applications in areas with non-existent or unreliable connectivity. Focus areas for these use cases will include oil and gas, transport and aid and non-governmental organizations (NGO).

Mike Carter, President of Inmarsat Enterprise sid they are delighted to be working closely with Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom to offer their world-leading services in Saudi Arabia and the region for the first time. Their partners have a wealth of experience and understanding of the local markets, which coupled with the strength and reliability of Inmarsat’s services, make a powerful combination that they feel will provide a foundation for connectivity excellence and growth in the region.

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime added that Saudi Arabian shipping and offshore companies have shown an increasing appetite for the latest digital services to improve operating efficiencies and Inmarsat is delighted to offer their Fleet Xpress service in Saudi and the region in conjunction with their partners, Global Beam Telecom, Sada Al Ammah and Master Systems. Owners now see the need for an ecosystem of value-added services to enable digitalization, rather than just buying a Ku-band VSAT connectivity pipe. That’s why they are seeing demand for Inmarsat’s Fleet Data IoT platform, their Fleet Secure suite of cyber security services and their crew welfare and retention solution, Fleet Hotspot.

Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation concluded saying that Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing and important market for aviation connectivity solutions. Inmarsat looks forward to working with commercial airlines in Saudi Arabia to enable them to upgrade to the world’s leading aviation connectivity solutions, covering high-speed inflight passenger broadband in the aircraft cabin and gold standard operations and safety in the cockpit.