Aero-Satcom becomes Inmarsat GX government VAR

An Inmarsat I-5 satellite for its Ka-band GX Aviation service.
An Inmarsat I-5 satellite for its Ka-band GX Aviation service.

Aero-Satcom, the joint venture between Eclipse and NSSLGlobal, has signed an agreement with Inmarsat’s Global Government business unit to be a Global Xpress (GX) value-added reseller (VAR) for the government aero market.

With SwiftBroadband and Swift 64 distribution agreements signed previously, this latest development allows Aero-Satcom to work alongside local partners to offer Inmarsat’s high-performance Ka-band services.

Aero-Satcom’s first provision of aeronautical GX services will be through a local government-focused Inmarsat service provider for a fleet of Europe-based head of state aircraft.

The head of state aircraft retrofit begins in December with the service expected to be fully operational from February 2017.

Aero-Satcom will support the delivery of onboard solutions developed by Eclipse, providing on-board bandwidth management, bandwidth optimisation and credit card payments for passenger internet access.

Shaun Flanagan, sales director, Aero-Satcom said: “By using its globally-available high-throughput end-to-end satellite network, Inmarsat’s aeronautical GX Ka-band service brings higher levels of connectivity to aircraft, enabling video conferencing, seamless web browsing, live video streaming and file downloads.

“However, the aero global government market rarely wants a ‘standard’ package and values the expertise of Aero-Satcom to add value through custom technologies that help them get the most from their data.

“Our ability to access a laboratory installation of the aeronautical satcom system that supports Global Xpress gives us a big advantage in terms of better supporting customer demonstrations and developing these kind of customer-specific applications.”

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