CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 9, 2014) – Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and Rockwell Collins, (NYSE: COL), a pioneer in communications, aviation electronics and information management, have signed the final agreement to make Rockwell Collins a Value Added Reseller (VAR) of GX Aviation to the commercial air transport market.
Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will bring Inmarsat’s latest generation of services to airline customers. GX Aviation is currently scheduled to be globally available for the commercial air transport market by the end of the first half of 2015. It will provide connectivity speeds of up to 50Mbps virtually everywhere in the world and is set to change the shape of in-flight connectivity. GX Aviation provides opportunities to bring value added services to the cabin, such as enabling in-flight entertainment to add real-time TV, video-on-demand, and allowing standard email and web browsing at much faster speeds.
“This service brings new possibilities for our ARINC Cabin Connect offering that go far beyond what’s available today, including expandable bandwidth that will give passengers the same connectivity experience they have in their home and office, and the capability to accommodate future devices and applications,” said Jeff Standerski, senior vice president, Information Management Services (IMS) for Rockwell Collins. “By combining GX with our current L-Band services, we’ll also be able to provide our airline customers with a complete portfolio of connectivity options for a full range of applications from the cockpit to the cabin.”
By expanding its offerings for airlines with this high-speed service, Rockwell Collins can bring new capabilities to its existing cabin products, such as PAVESTM On Demand in-flight entertainment and Airshow moving map systems.
GX Aviation will be the only global commercial Ka-band network, providing a consistent service across the world. It is a key building block in Inmarsat’s mission to provide high-speed communications for passengers and to open up new possibilities for operational communications.
“This agreement builds on and extends our working relationship with Rockwell Collins - in both avionics and services - that started more than 20 years ago,” said Leo Mondale, President, Aviation at Inmarsat. “Our Ka-band solution enables us to meet the rapidly growing demand for passenger connectivity. Rockwell Collins is a key partner for the full portfolio of existing Inmarsat Aviation services, and will be one of the first to bring the new, exciting GX Aviation service to its large airline customer base. We have built the very best team of aviation companies to ensure airlines have excellent access to GX Aviation.”
The first of the three initial GX Aviation satellites is already in orbit and began delivering commercial services on 1st July 2014. Inmarsat currently expects to complete the next two launches in a timeframe to permit the introduction of GX services on a global basis by the end of the first half of 2015. The airborne hardware is now in the certification phase and is on track to support the launch of GX Aviation in 2015.
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 centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
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About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.