[SatNews] Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) has signed an agreement with Globecomm, appointing the specialized managed satellite services provider as a worldwide Value Added Reseller (VAR) serving the Enterprise market for Global Xpress (GX), the world’s first globally available Ka-band, high-speed broadband satellite network for mobile and fixed users.
This is the second such appointment for Globecomm, which in December was named as a GX VAR for the Government market , serving predominantly the Middle East and Africa . Globecomm has a strong presence across EMEA and will play an important role in driving take-up of Inmarsat’s new high-throughput , Ka-band , GX satellite service across the continent. The company has strong engineering and solutions expertise across cellular networks, satellite networks and mobile satellite communications, as well as in content delivery systems, placing Globecomm in an ideal position to provide their GX customers with all the services and support required.
The first of three Global Xpress satellites ( Inmarsat - 5 F1 ), which is designed primarily to serve the African, the Middle East and Europe markets, was launched on December 8, 2013. The satellite has now achieved full orbital deployment and Inmarsat is now undertaking full payload testing. Full Commercial Service Introduction (CSI) of Inmarsat-5 F1 is on schedule and targeted for mid=2014 . The second and third Inmarsat-5 Ka-band satellites are on course to be launched during the course of 2014.
Globecomm is a long-standing Inmarsat Distribution Partner and has been offering its customers Inmarsat’s L-band services for eight years, including BGAN, FleetBroadband, M2M and Inmarsat’s family of satellite phones.