• Airbus Defence and Space Services and Inmarsat sign a strategic distribution partnership agreement for the game-changing Global Xpress service
• Airbus Defence and Space Services to provide a global distribution channel for Global Xpress, delivering high-speed broadband to partners and customers
• Global Xpress is the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband service delivered via a Ka-band satellite network. The first Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 8 December 2013 and Global Xpress is on schedule to achieve full global coverage by end of 2014
19 December 2013 – Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, and Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, have reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement which will see Global Xpress services made available to Airbus Defence and Space’s large partner and customer base.
Airbus Defence and Space will deliver Global Xpress high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels. The strategic agreement will cover key vertical markets, including the maritime as well as the government and defence sector, initially in Europe. In due course the Airbus Defence and Space Global Xpress offering will encompass all service types – packaged services, bandwidth capacity, as well as commercial and military Ka-band.
Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network will provide a seamless worldwide broadband service. The first Global Xpress satellite was successfully launched on 8 December 2013 and is on schedule to achieve global coverage by the end of 2014. Airbus Defence and Space customers will benefit not only from the world’s first globally available mobile broadband network, but also from a comprehensive range of global connectivity services designed for commercial and government markets.
“This agreement is the natural continuity of a long-standing partnership between Airbus Defence and Space and Inmarsat,” Evert Dudok, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space said. “Airbus Defence and Space 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.”
By adding Global Xpress to its portfolio, Airbus Defence and Space will also enable its partners and customers to further enhance their business capabilities and growth.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat said: “We are delighted that Airbus Defence and Space 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 Airbus Defence and Space is joining us in bringing the benefits of the world’s first high speed global broadband service to its impressive portfolio of customers. Airbus Defence and Space 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."
Airbus Defence and Space meets specific customer requirements for every sector by combining a complete range of satellite connectivity services with the largest range of innovative solutions. In the maritime industry, Airbus Defence and Space covers transportation, leisure and fishing, cruise and ferry, as well as offshore. In the enterprise sector, Airbus Defence and Space provides high quality telecom services to land-based customers including oil and gas, mining, large-scale events, non-governmental organisations and large corporate entities worldwide. In the government sector, Airbus Defence and Space is the world’s primary private sector military satcom service supplier. Some of the most modern armed forces in the world figure among Airbus Defence and Space customers, including UK, France, Germany, USA, and NATO.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Together, pioneering excellence
Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
Effective from January 1, 2014, Airbus Defence and Space will be integrated into Airbus Defence and Space together with Airbus Military and Cassidian.
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
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