Inmarsat Expands Its Operations Into China.
Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, marks another important milestone in China with the opening of its first office in the capital city of Beijing. Located at the Kong Gang Industrial Park in Shun Yi District, the new office demonstrates Inmarsat’s commitment to the Chinese market and cements more than three decades of partnership with the world’s second largest economy.
Inmarsat’s executive Chairman, Mr Andy Sukawaty and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Rupert Pearce, attended the official ceremony in Beijing and were joined by partners and customers in celebrating the opening of the new office yesterday.
China was 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. Today, 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.
“Inmarsat has a strong and enduring history with China; one that spans all 35 years of our existence. With a dedicated local team collaborating with our trusted partners, we look forward to strengthening our commitment to offer world-class satellite communications solutions that are tailored for the Chinese market,” said Mr Andy Sukawaty, executive chairman, Inmarsat.
Demand for satellite communications services in China is rapidly growing, fueled by connectivity requirements in many sectors including aviation, maritime, media, oil & gas, and government. Inmarsat is also recognised by the central and provincial governments in China as ‘the standard’ for first responder communications during emergencies and natural disasters.
Inmarsat works through partners in China, primarily Beijing Marine Communication and Navigation Co. (MCN), to provide 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.
“Mobile satellite services are transforming communications for people across the world. Inmarsat is 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. We are proud to be extending our operations in China and look forward to supporting our partners there in bringing the humanitarian and economic benefits of mobile satellite communications to an even broader audience,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.
“We are pleased to join Inmarsat as they open their first office in China. Our partnership with Inmarsat has grown from strength to strength through the years and is based on a position of mutual respect and support. MCN congratulates Inmarsat on its increased presence in Beijing and looks forward to a closer relationship with the Inmarsat China team. Our two companies will continue to work together to deliver innovative satellite communications solutions to our valued Chinese customers,” said Mr. Cao Desheng, president of MCN.