Strategic Cooperation by TÜRKSAT and Inmarsat
TÜRKSAT and Inmarsat unveiled the strategic partnership between the two companies at an event held in Ankara on September 27 with the participation of Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between TÜRKSAT and Inmarsat on March 8, 2016 includes the following points:
- TÜRKSAT will be able to offer Inmarsat’s products and services to its users with price and service advantages. Accordingly, TÜRKSAT will be able to offer at a global level all the services which it previously could not through its current communication satellites.
- In addition, Inmarsat will market TÜRKSAT’s capabilities and services on international platforms. The TÜRKSAT 4B and 5B satellites will be included into Inmarsat’s global communications system.
- There is also a plan to establish a ground station in Turkey.
The first speech of the event was delivered by Cenk Şen, General Manager of TÜRKSAT, who stated that their partnership with Inmarsat is not only a commercial partnership, but one that also includes transfer of technology. He listed their strategic projects with Inmarsat as follows:
- TÜRKSAT will cooperate with Inmarsat in the production of K-band terminals in Turkey.
- The two companies will work together to broaden across Turkey the use of the system, which will provide wide band Internet connection during plane trips.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, also delivered a short speech in which he expressed his pleasure with the cooperation.
Minister Arslan, who delivered the final speech of the event, said: “[With this MoU,] TÜRKSAT will acquire the ability to offer mobile satellite communication services, in addition to the satellite services it currently provides at regional level. In my opinion, it is important that Inmarsat equipment will be sold the public institutions, and that these equipment will be produced in Turkey by one or more Turkish manufacturers. TÜRKSAT will be able to promote and sell Inmarsat products to public institutions and organisations, to military institutions, and to the aviation authority. Under this cooperation, there is also a possibility that the ground stations of Inmarsat satellites that will be launched in the future will be established in Turkey, something which we consider important as well. Another important pillar of this cooperation is that various works will be carried out to broaden the use of S-band communication in Turkey and to produce Inmarsat terminals in Turkey.”
Following the speeches, Hilmi Tekinsoy, Turkey Country Manager of Inmarsat, took the floor to promote some of the capabilities gained through the strategic cooperation. After Tekinsoy’s speech, a live connection was established between the satellites of Inmarsat and TÜRKSAT through a terminal located in an airport in Austria and a terminal in the event area. Meanwhile, companies working with TÜRKSAT and Inmarsat had the opportunity to display their solutions to the visitors through their stands placed in the cocktail area.
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