TC Communications Enters BGAN Distribution Partner Agreement with Inmarsat
10 December 2012, London: – Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, today announced that it has signed TC Communications (TC) as a direct distribution partner in Australia for its award-winning Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service.
A long-standing partner of Inmarsat, TC is Australia’s leading satellite communications specialist providing mission-critical systems to some of the region’s largest organisations. The addition of Inmarsat’s market-leading BGAN into TC’s solutions portfolio strengthens the company’s value propositions to key customers in the media, defence, and mining sectors.
Todd McDonell, CEO at TC Communications, said “TC has been providing leading edge solutions using the Inmarsat network for more than 20 years with some of TC’s customers from 20 years ago still using TC’s Inmarsat based systems today. The appointment of TC as a Distribution Partner for all of Inmarsat’s I4 Land Based services confirms the mutual success TC and Inmarsat have enjoyed over this time and sets the stage for further exciting opportunities in the coming years.”
Delivered via the world’s most reliable satellite communications network, BGAN provides secure voice and data services simultaneously through a single device. BGAN terminals are small and lightweight, and can easily be deployed in minutes to access the internet and make phone calls from anywhere in the world.
“TC Communications are a very innovative organisation well-versed in creating tailored satellite communication services. This partnership represents a strong endorsement of Inmarsat’s BGAN service in the Australian market,” said Drew Brandy, Vice President, Industry, Inmarsat.
He added: “Given the geography, the unique nature of the Australian market and the growing requirement for unmanned communication, there is a tremendous opportunity for TC to break new ground, leveraging solutions like BGAN M2M and their expertise in customising solutions for bespoke projects.”
BGAN M2M and BGAN Link are the latest addition to the BGAN portfolio. Launched in January 2012, BGAN M2M targets the growing market for machine-to-machine communications. The service offers a scalable solution for smart metering, SCADA, remote asset monitoring, environmental data reporting, and other telemetry requirements.
TC are also enhancing their suite of solutions for the media sector in Australia, one of the largest markets for BGAN X-Stream in Asia-Pacific. Delivering the world’s fastest on-demand IP streaming rate in the mobile satellite communications space, BGAN X-Stream is used by some of the world’s biggest media organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), China Central Television (CCTV), and the CNN News Group, among others.
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 ended 31st December 2011, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,409m and an EBITDA of US$854m. For the six months ended 30 June 2012, Inmarsat Plc had total revenue of US$684m and an EBITDA of US$381m. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.Inmarsat.com
About TC Communications
TC Communications focuses on the market for complete satellite and wireless data solutions. Customers don’t buy a communications system from TC Communications – they purchase the whole answer to a commercial problem. TC can provide this communications solution through both satellite based wireless systems, as well as fixed line connections via PSTN, ISDN and frame Relay. TC is the only company in Australia that has 20 years of satellite communications experience with proven capabilities in information technology. TC is the leading developer and supplier of satellite based wireless data solutions in the South East Asian region. TC Communications is the only Australian company to have been appointed an Inmarsat direct Distribution Partner. For more information, please visit www.tc.com.au
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