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Inmarsat expands operations in China

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Leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, Inmarsat has opened its first office in China in the capital city of Beijing.

Located at the Kong Gang Industrial Park in Shun Yi District, the new office is a new milestone in Inmarsat’s more than three decades of partnership with China and demonstrates their commitment to the Chinese market.

Inmarsat’s Executive Chairman, Mr Andy Sukawaty and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Rupert Pearce, attended the official ceremony in Beijing.

One of the 88 countries that founded Inmarsat in 1979 as an international, intergovernmental organisation, providing global safety and distress communications services for the maritime community, China is one of the biggest markets for Inmarsat’s mobile satellite-based voice and broadband services, delivering double digit growth in the last five years.

According to Mr Andy Sukawaty, Inmarsat has a strong and enduring history with China spanning 35 years. Inmarsat now looks forward to strengthening its commitment to offer world-class satellite communications solutions tailored for the Chinese market with the support of a dedicated local team in collaboration with its trusted partners.

Connectivity requirements in the aviation, maritime, media, oil & gas, and government sectors are driving the demand for satellite communications services in China. Inmarsat is also recognised by the central and provincial governments in China as ‘the standard’ for first responder communications during emergencies and natural disasters.

Working through partners in China, primarily Beijing Marine Communication and Navigation Co. (MCN), Inmarsat provides mission critical communications services to some of China’s biggest multinational enterprises including Air China, China COSCO, China Shipping Container Lines, China National Petroleum Corporation, China Central Television, and Xinhua News Agency.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce explains that mobile satellite services are transforming communications for people across the world with Inmarsat at the forefront of these developments, delivering unique, tailored broadband data, voice and machine-to-machine communication capabilities for users on land, at sea and in the air on a global basis. By extending their operations in China, Inmarsat is confident about supporting their partners in the country to bring the humanitarian and economic benefits of mobile satellite communications to an even broader audience.

Inmarsat’s establishment of an office in China follows the recent opening of a Satellite Access Station (SAS) in Beijing. Owned and operated by MCN, the Beijing SAS will exclusively handle all traffic from China over the Inmarsat network, enabling Inmarsat to deliver its complete range of solutions to the Chinese market.

China Telecom Satellite (CTS), one of the largest Inmarsat Global Satellite Phone Services (GSPS) distribution partners worldwide, also welcomed Inmarsat’s expanded presence in China. Over the past eight years, CTS has established a rapid growth in terms of its user base with close to 30,000 mobile satellite users and has become a world leading GSPS operator.

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