Posted on: 01 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Inmarsat and Beijing Marine Communication Navigation Company (MCN) have signed four Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreements to bring the Global Xpress mobile broadband service to China’s commercial and public sector organisations, as well as the aviation industry.
Inmarsat and MCN’s relationship dates back to 1979. Inmarsat works exclusively through retail partners in China, including MCN, to provide mission critical communications services to some of China’s biggest multinational enterprises, including Air China.
“From emergency first responders to those delivering remote education (e-learning) services, Global Xpress will bring the benefits of seamless, superfast connectivity to every region in China, while ensuring that Chinese companies – from airlines to shipping fleets – can enjoy the same high capacity service wherever they are in the world,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. “China is one of the biggest markets for Inmarsat’s mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double digit growth in the last five years and we are confident that there will be significant demand for Global Xpress.”Mr. Song Zhen, VP sales and marketing, MCN, said: “We are delighted to partner with Inmarsat in bringing Global Xpress services to the market and believe that, with its many humanitarian, economic and social benefits, Inmarsat’s superfast broadband service will prove highly popular in China.”
Meanwhile, Inmarsat continues its $1.6billion investment in the Global Xpress network. The second Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 1 February 2015. The third satellite is scheduled for launch in Q2 2015 and global commercial services are on course to be introduced earlier in the second half of this year.