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Monday, November 16, 2020 

Speedcast International and Inmarsat have reached agreement on the sale of Speedcasts primary Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband and Fleet One service contracts to Inmarsat.

The agreement marks another step for Speedcast's emerging from Chapter 11 proceedings and is subject to approval by the US courts overseeing the company’s financial restructuring.

Through the agreement, Speedcast customers that are transferred to Inmarsat will be assured of continuing access to Inmarsat’s connectivity services. The agreement covers both Speedcast’s L-band maritime contracts in which Inmarsat serves as the primary connectivity onboard, as well as the full Inmarsat Fleet Xpress portfolio from Speedcast.

Ronald Spithout (pictured), President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “Our first priority is to ensure that these transitioning Speedcast customers can continue to access Inmarsat’s reliable global maritime connectivity services and our growing range of value-added services now and into the future. With Inmarsat’s ongoing, fully-funded technology roadmap, these customers will benefit from the next-generation of Ka-band and L-band satellites that we are launching over the next few years. These will provide both additional capacity and capabilities to the network. Among the seven new satellites scheduled for launch in the next few years will be the first ever High Throughput Satellites (HTS) dedicated to the Arctic region.”

Andre Eerland, VP Commercial Maritime, Speedcast said: “This agreement enables Speedcast to further strengthen our focus in the commercial maritime sector, delivering our leading global VSAT services, together with global L-band back-up capabilities. We pride ourselves on providing a flexible, high quality service that meets market demands and addresses the challenges of maritime connectivity. Taking this step allows us to consolidate our core connectivity services, which are scalable across all market needs, while remaining at the forefront of the maritime industry.”

Speedcast will continue to deliver managed services to its commercial maritime sector clients with primary VSAT and other non-Inmarsat mobile satellite services (MSS) onboard, and will maintain its Inmarsat Distribution Partner status to deliver existing MSS back-up services, with no impact to customer operations or support. Inmarsat will take on management of the transitioned Inmarsat Maritime contracts, as well as the 24/7 operations and support for customers through its network operations and customer support centres. The deal includes a fully supported handover to ensure a seamless transition.

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