Surrey, UK, 24th June 2014 – NSSLGlobal Ltd, the independent service provider of satellite communications and a Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Inmarsat’s Global Government business unit, focused on providing Inmarsat services to non-US government customers worldwide, has completed the first external global government test of the new Ka-Band network. NSSLGlobal achieved a successful connection to the Inmarsat-5 F1 GX satellite, launched on 8 December 2013. Connection was made on Thursday 19th June at 3:53pm via the Panther GX VSAT terminal from L-3 Communications.
As a primary beta tester and European government VAR, NSSLGlobal will initiate a number of live demonstrations and beta tests with military and governmental bodies in Europe following the success of this initial test. Further testing will take place with the UK’s Royal Navy when the full constellation of three satellites are deployed and providing global GX coverage. Inmarsat expects to complete the launch of the second and third Inmarsat-5 satellites in time to allow global commercial service to commence in the first half of 2015.
“Around the world, governments are demanding more and more bandwidth to support their mission critical communications and are relying even further on satellite communications to fulfil this requirement. Inmarsat’s GX is an ideal solution for all government departments, particularly military, as it offers reliable, seamless global coverage and most importantly, it’s highly secure, ” commented Sally-Anne Ray, Managing Director, NSSLGlobal. “It has been a great honour to be the first Global Government VAR to test GX.”
“NSSLGlobal has been offering and supporting Inmarsat’s services for over 30 years, most recently becoming a VAR for GX in the European military and government markets. The organisation has extensive experience of meeting the specialised needs of European government customers, which made it the ideal partner to host this demonstration of GX, ” explained Gordon McMillan, Director, GX Government Services, Inmarsat. “The government market is key for GX and we look forward to continuing to work closely with NSSLGlobal in delivering our Ka-Band solution.”
Global Xpress will be the first globally available Ka-Band broadband satellite network providing high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aviation terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which is optimised for mobility. Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.
NSSLGlobal is an independent service provider of satellite communications. It brings together best in breed satellite solutions from Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium, with it owns Ku-Band network to deliver voice and data services anywhere in the world, regardless of location or terrain.
NSSLGlobal provides highly secure, reliable and flexible satellite communication solutions to the mining, media, maritime (commercial and super yacht), Government, and financial sectors. Current customers include Teekay Shipping, BW Gas and Shipping, Shell Tankers, Reuters, BBC, ITN, Associated Press Transocean and Diamond Offshore.
Headquartered in the UK, NSSLGlobal was founded in 1969 and today it has 11 offices and teleports around the world and together with its global partner network provides outstanding service to all customers via its 24/7/365 technical helpdesk.
For more information please visit www.nsslglobal.com
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.