China President Xi Jinping visits Inmarsat HQ

President Xi Jinping, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat
(Left to right) President Xi Jinping, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, visited Inmarsat’s London HQ on Thursday as part of the President’s historic state visit to the UK.

President Xi, accompanied by HRH The Duke of York, the Chinese Ambassador to London, Mr Liu Xiaoming, The Right Honourable Greg Hands and Inmarsat executives, viewed Inmarsat’s Network Operations Centre.

Inmarsat has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Transport Telecommunication & Information Centre (CTTIC) to establish a strategic partnership to deliver its Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress mobile satellite broadband communications connectivity throughout China.

The MOU creates the framework for an exclusive strategic relationship between Inmarsat and CTTIC to develop business opportunities in China and OBOR for CTTIC’s Chinese government and enterprise customers.

It also sets out the framework for Inmarsat and CTTIC to establish a partnership to provide global aviation passenger connectivity and next-generation safety services to Chinese airlines.

Air China and Honeywell Aerospace signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2014 to install and test GX on Air China’s A330 aircraft.

In April, Beijing Marine Communication Navigation Company (MCN) signed Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreements with Inmarsat to bring its Ka-band Global Xpress service to commercial and public sector organisations across China.

Inmarsat has also established a new satellite access station (SAS) in China.

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