Inmarsat has been given clearance to deliver Global Xpress (GX) mobile broadband services in India, after its local partner BSNL was granted an Inflight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC) licence by the Indian Department of Telecommunications.
The licence will allow BSNL to offer Ka-band GX services to commercial maritime companies for use within Indian territories, alongside Inmarsat’s existing voice and data communications range.
“Today is a significant day for Inmarsat and our valued, long-term partnership with India, which was a signatory to the founding treaty establishing Inmarsat in 1979,” said Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat CEO.
“Inmarsat is delighted to make the world’s only global high-speed mobile broadband Ka-band network available to the government and businesses in India through our partner BSNL.”
“We are committed to India and the company has been a trusted partner for the Indian government for four decades. Today’s announcement, which we share proudly with our friends at BSNL, will help to underpin the further economic growth that we all wish to see in India.”