Inmsarsat's GX service will be aimed at sectors such as maritime. Inmsarsat's GX service will be aimed at sectors such as maritime.

Inmarsat, a UK-based satellite communications company, has signed a reseller agreement with NSSLGlobal Ltd, an independent service provider. NSSLGlobal will become a value added reseller of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) for the maritime market.

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Based on Ka-band technology, GX will deliver broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps through compact terminals at a lower cost than existing VSAT services, making it accessible to more vessels.

Frank Coles, president, Inmarsat Maritime, said: "In building our VAR network for Global Xpress, NSSLGlobal's understanding of our business, combined with their decades of experience serving the maritime industry, makes them an excellent partner for Inmarsat's revolutionary GX service. We continue to make strong progress in building our global channel network in advance of the launch of our first Ka-band satellite at the end of this year."

Sally-Anne Ray, chief operating officer, NSSLGlobal, said: " VSAT communications has traditionally been a luxury in the maritime market and consequently only gained traction with customers who have the capital expenditure, space and data requirements to accommodate an always-on VSAT system. Global Xpress represents the next generation of communication for the whole maritime industry, as it provides a cost-effective broadband solution that supports the rapidly growing bandwidth demands of operational and crew welfare applications."