Navarino is already part-owned by Inmarsat, via a shareholding in the company held by Stratos prior to Inmarsat’s acquisition of that company, and has a client base of more than 500 shipping companies throughout Europe and Asia, serviced by offices in Piraeus, Hamburg, Oslo, Cyprus, Hong Kong and Singapore.
“Global Xpress is the best response to the increasing need for data-driven and cost-effective communications at sea, offering the shipping industry unprecedented data speeds and global coverage,” said Dimitris Tsikopoulos, CEO, Navarino.
“Greece has the largest single ownership of ocean-going vessels, with around 17 per cent of the world’s ship owners based here. Our customers have the highest bandwidth requirements and Global Xpress, with its combination of a new super-fast Ka-band satellite network and the existing FleetBroadband service, will deliver a quality, global service with the utmost reliability.”
“The deployment of Global Xpress will herald a revolution in maritime communications and will have a significant impact on how the shipping industry can improve its profitability through achieving long term cost efficiencies.”
Navarino joins SingTel, JRC, Telemar and GMPCS as confirmed resellers for maritime for the Ka-band service. Inmarsat has previously indicated that there will be a total of 8-10 resellers eventually appointed for Global Xpress, including Inmarsat itself via its direct sales channel.
“Navarino is a highly specialised integrator, reseller and developer of maritime communications services. Its worldwide installation and support capabilities will certainly aid the swift deployment of Global Xpress amongst their customers in both Europe and Asia, and we are delighted to recognise them as the first Global Xpress VAR in Greece,” said Frank Coles, president, Inmarsat Maritime.
“I believe Navarino is well positioned to offer the next generation of Inmarsat services to its current and future customers.”