RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Inmarsat Government, the leading provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunications to the U.S. public sector, announced that it has executed a service provider agreement with Honeywell to provide Inmarsat Global Xpress services to the U.S. government aeronautical market.
This agreement extends Honeywell’s existing business with Inmarsat, including its JetWaveTM product, the exclusive terminal hardware, which enables connectivity to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress constellation network, and Honeywell’s commercial connectivity services for business aviation.
The Global Xpress commercial Ka-band network will usher in an unprecedented, globally available, high-throughput wideband data service for mobile users offered by a single operator. Inmarsat’s fleet of three Global Xpress Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellites is on schedule to enter global service early in the second half of 2015.
Global Xpress will be the world’s first globally available commercial Ka-band network from one operator and has been built purposely with additional capabilities specific to government and military users. It will deliver secure, end-to-end wideband connectivity for seamless airborne, naval and land operations on a global basis. Government and military users will have high-speed data for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, giving access to true high-throughput connectivity for sharing information. The Global Xpress network is also interoperable with the U.S. government’s military Ka-band Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) system.
“With Global Xpress, U.S. government airborne customers will have uninterrupted access to seamless wideband connectivity from takeoff to landing on a global basis,” said Susan Miller, president and CEO of Inmarsat Government. “Government users will benefit from the reliable high-throughput connectivity that Global Xpress delivers to support a variety of applications. We are very pleased Honeywell has been selected as our aeronautical service provider, leveraging on their exceptional past performance history in the aviation sector.”
“As an Inmarsat Government Global Xpress service provider, Honeywell expands on its extensive in-flight services offering with revolutionary wideband capabilities, making it easy for the U.S. government to procure service and hardware from one source,” said Michael Edmonds, vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell Aerospace. “As in-flight communication requirements continue to increase and evolve in the future, we are pleased to be an integral part of the total solution that sets a new standard in truly mobile, seamless, worldwide connectivity for the U.S. government aviation customer.”
About Inmarsat Global Xpress
Global Xpress is a truly worldwide, end-to-end commercial Ka-band network offering high-throughput access to the U.S. government to meet interoperable communication needs at an affordable price. Built purposely with additional capabilities specific to government and military users, Global Xpress seamlessly complements the WGS network, allowing the U.S. government to cost-effectively augment its system when needed, without any up-front financial commitment. In addition, Global Xpress is base-lined for a government system to be accreditable to MAC level III, with secure gateways and satellite commanding. Global Xpress secure enclave offers customization and enhanced security up to MAC level I through separation from commercial traffic. Designed for worldwide mobility, Global Xpress is a flexible communication solution that enables consistent, seamless wideband connection and dual Ka/L-band resiliency, wherever and whenever needed.
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 centers of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
About Inmarsat Government
Inmarsat Government is the leading provider of secure, reliable and affordable mission-critical telecommunications to U.S. military, intelligence and civilian organizations. Equipped with the industry’s leading satellite and terrestrial infrastructure, it delivers custom, end-to-end networks and solutions that can sustain communications anytime, anywhere. Inmarsat Government, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc, and an authorized Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Inmarsat Global Xpress, is responsible for Inmarsat’s retail U.S. government business. It is headquartered in Reston, VA, with network assets and operations around the globe. For more information, please visit www.inmarsatgov.com.