Inmarsat launches connectivity services in Saudi Arabia

Inmarsat launches connectivity services in Saudi Arabia
Inmarsat will now offer its services in Saudi Arabian waters following the partner agreements (Image: Inmarsat)

Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has launched its connectivity services in Saudi Arabia following new partner agreements with telecommunications distributors Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom.

The company’s maritime business will partner with Sada Al Ammah to distribute connectivity services for offshore vessels operating in Saudi waters, providing access to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service. The service’s high data speeds and unlimited backup enables applications such as fleet management, remote analytics and data transfer in areas with limited connectivity.

“Saudi Arabian shipping and offshore companies have shown an increasing appetite for the latest digital services to improve operating efficiencies and Inmarsat is delighted to offer our Fleet Xpress service in Saudi and the region,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime. “Owners now see the need for an ecosystem of value-added services to enable digitalisation, rather than just buying a Ku-band VSAT connectivity pipe. That’s why we are seeing demand for Inmarsat’s Fleet Data IoT platform, our Fleet Secure suite of cyber security services and our crew welfare and retention solution, Fleet Hotspot."

Inmarsat is also set to extend its services globally with the recent launch of a new GX-5 satellite, which will come into operation in early 2020. The satellite is the fifth in the company’s fleet, and will deliver additional broadband capacity across Europe and the Middle East, including for the maritime sector.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
25 February 2020

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