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INMARSAT AGREES CONNECTIVITY PARTNERSHIPS IN SAUDI ARABIA

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 

Mobile satellite communication company Inmarsat is to being its maritime, aviation and enterprise connectivity solutions to customers based in Saudi Arabia through new partner agreements.

The company announced that it has secured new spectrum licences 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.

Fixed and mobile satellite telecommunications distributor Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom 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.

Global Beam Telecom and Sada Al Ammah will work with Inmarsat’s Enterprise business to bring connectivity services to land-based users in the Middle East, while 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 Fleet Xpress services. A separate installation agreement has been signed with service company Master Systems.

Combining the high data speeds of Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band technology with the reliability of 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 L-band 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.

“We are delighted to be working closely with Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom to offer our world-leading services in Saudi Arabia and the region for the first time,” said Mike Carter, President of Inmarsat Enterprise. “Our 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 we feel will provide a foundation for connectivity excellence and growth in the region.”

“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 our Fleet Xpress service in Saudi and the region in conjunction with our partners, Global Beam Telecom, Sada Al Ammah and Master Systems,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “Owners now see the need for an ecosystem of value-added services to enable digitalisation, rather than just buying a Ku-band VSAT connectivity pipe. That’s why we are seeing demand for Inmarsat’s Fleet Data IoT platform, our Fleet Secure suite of cyber security services and our crew welfare and retention solution, Fleet Hotspot."

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 demand for high-capacity broadband in Europe and the Middle East.

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