Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:43

SpeedCast inks reseller deal with Inmarsat for global government market


Australian satellite communications company SpeedCast is now a value-added reseller to global government customers of Inmarsat’s high-speed mobile broadband service, Global Xpress (GX).

The Australian-listed SpeedCast (ASX:SDA) and Inmarsat have inked a reseller agreement which follows on from the strategic partnership between the two companies signed in June, which sees SpeedCast rolling-out Inmarsat’s Maritime GX solution (Fleet Xpress).

Andy Start, president, Inmarsat Global Government, said combining the power of Inmarsat’s “game-changing service with SpeedCast’s breadth of experience and global presence will support the continuing adoption of GX by global government customers”.

“As we extend into new government markets and undertake a comprehensive programme of education to demonstrate the new capabilities of GX, we will benefit greatly from the experience and global footprint that SpeedCast brings in the satellite communications market,” Start said.

 SpeedCast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier says the company works with commercial and government sector customers across the world to deliver “reliable, cost-effective, best-in-class communication solutions”, and with SpeedCast’s global presence and extensive service network, it is a “perfect match to support the roll-out of GX services into new and emerging government markets”.

“This new partnership sees SpeedCast extending its co-operation with Inmarsat beyond the maritime sector. We believe GX offers tremendous growth potential in the government market,” Beylier says.

“Global Xpress perfectly complements our existing offering and will enable us to cater for growing mobility needs from global government customers. It confirms SpeedCast’s commitment to develop its government business and take it to the next level with Inmarsat’s support.

“We will continue to invest and build our capabilities to provide government customers with the best-in-class services and support SpeedCast is known for, as we expect our government business around the world to continue to grow in the coming years.”

Inmarsat GX is the world’s first globally available mobile broadband service from a single operator to deliver secure, high-speed connectivity on land, at sea, and in the air.

GX entered worldwide commercial service in December 2015, and the government-focused services fuses two global networks through military proven solutions, enabling classified networks to be accessed globally through the same lightweight, easy to use terminals, all on a single subscription.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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