Jumbo Chooses Inmarsat XpressLink(TM) for Entire Fleet

Sep 06, 2012, 07:01 ET from Inmarsat plc

SMM 2012, HAMBURG, Germany, September 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Netherlands company Jumbo signs with Inmarsat to equip fleet with XpressLink™
  • Ship owners increasingly look for high data speeds and fixed monthly fee
  • Latest endorsement for game-changing, next-generation service Global Xpress®

SMM 2012 - Hall B6 Stand 114 - Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announces that Netherland-based Jumbo, a leading heavy-lift shipping company, is to equip its fleet with Inmarsat's service XpressLink™.

Within the scope of the agreement is the option for a free upgrade to Global Xpress® in 2014, Inmarsat's game-changing, next-generation global satellite network which will effectively double the available bandwidth.

Assad Khan, International Sales Manager, Inmarsat, comments: "Our market predominantly comprises commercial worldwide traffic which requires a reliable and truly global service. There is a shift in thinking among ship owners who are, in increasing numbers, looking for higher-volume communication systems with high data speeds and a fixed monthly fee."

Marco Cevat, IT Manager for Jumbo, comments: "During the initial tender phase we selected different parties. The choice for Inmarsat was based on the fact that it delivers a fully managed Ku-L-band system at a fixed rate. We were also impressed with the level of consultative thinking from Inmarsat. The demand for more bandwidth is increasing on a monthly basis and with this solution we are confident that Inmarsat's combined package of VSAT and FleetBroadband will deliver us a reliable future proof connection."

Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: "The choice by Jumbo endorses the confidence we at Inmarsat have in the value of this solution. The offer is combined with the upgrade to the future proofed solution, Global Xpress."

About Jumbo

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Jumbo is a leading heavy-lift shipping company that has been developing pioneering solutions for ocean transportation for more than 40 years. Since 2003, building on its heavy-lift capability, Jumbo has rapidly established a sound track record in the offshore subsea installation market. Engineering and safety awareness stand at the forefront of a reliable operation.

It operates a fleet of 12 specialised heavy-lift vessels with a lifting capacity from 500t up to 1,800t. Starting in 2013, a new generation of vessels will be added with record-breaking lifting capacity of 3,000t. Two J-1800 class vessels are equipped with a DP2 system, enabling them to provide transport as well as offshore installation services.

About Inmarsat

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 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For the year ending 31st December 2011, Inmarsat plc had a total revenue of US$1,409m and EBITDA of US$854m. For the six-month period ending 30th June 2012, Inmarsat plc had a total revenue of US$684m and EBITDA of US$381m. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit http://www.inmarsat.com

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