March 03, 2017

Globalsat Group Appointed as an Inmarsat Enterprise Distribution Partner

Globalsat Group has been appointed as an Enterprise Distribution Partner to Inmarsat Global, the global mobile satellite operator.

DAVIE, FLORIDA, USA, March 3, 2017 / -- Globalsat Group, a leading consortium provider of mobile satellite services in the Americas, has been appointed as an Enterprise Distribution Partner to Inmarsat Global, the global mobile satellite operator. This new status and enhanced relationship will allow earlier hands-on access to upcoming products, direct hotlines to operations personnel for faster customer support and a higher level of solutions customization. Globalsat Group is the only Distribution Partner with local affiliated companies in nine countries in the Western Hemisphere.

According to Globalsat Group CEO J. Alberto Palacios, “Our focus on the human factor of satellite communications and our diverse experience across geographical, cultural, technical and regulatory boundaries have enabled us to develop a breadth of expertise. This only increases with every effective solution and every satisfied customer. Gaining Enterprise Distribution Partner status demonstrates the validity of our agile ‘mesh network’ organizational structure and end user-oriented philosophy. This understanding of client requirements allow us to find the right channel solution with our network of experts, resulted in an outstanding level of service. We thank Inmarsat for recognizing this and bringing both our of our organizations even closer.”

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, commented on the new partnership: “The Americas are home to several exciting markets, with Latin America and Brazil in particular, demonstrating great dynamism in recent decades. This agreement enables us to tap into Globalsat’s deep understanding of the needs of those markets and its distinct ‘mesh network’ approach, so together we can provide superior customized access to satellite communications services.

“With thousands of Globalsat Group customers depending on these critical communications on a daily basis, this new partnership will enable them to gain competitive advantage through access to innovative products before they reach the general market.”

About Globalsat Group

Globalsat Group is an American consortium founded in 1999 which provides Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) through local presence in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, as well as distributors in the region’s most important cities. Delivered solutions span all MSS service areas including land, sea and air, serving mobile satellite data and voice for thousands of customers in sectors such as Defense, Government, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Banking, Media, Agriculture, NGOs and Tourism.

The group received the “2016 Latin America Satellite Communications Company of the Year” award from the highly recognized international consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Globalsat Group was also named "Company to Watch" in the category Emergency Response Mobility Satcom Innovation by the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA). For more information please visit .

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 operates 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 (ISAT.L). For more information, please visit

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July 22, 2016

Mobile Satellite Services In LATAM... The Opportunities + The Challenges

The decrease in growth and even contraction in activities related to oil & gas as well as mining are often referred to as the cause of negative effects on satellite services in Latin America (LATAM).

J. Alberto Palacios, Chief Executive Officer, Globalsat Group . Photography by: ©Michael B. Lloyd

These activities, which traditionally operate in remote areas where terrestrial communications infrastructure is scarce or nonexistent, represent a significant demand for mobile satellite services (MSS) and fixed services (FSS). This lack of a communications structure has the potential to create new opportunities. While the day-to-day operations may be diminished and, therefore, human activity and need for higher bandwidth FSS may decrease, companies will not just abandon their infrastructure.

According to the CESLA, although contraction of GDP was negative in three countries of the region in 2016, such will be negative in only one country—Venezuela—in 2017. The IMF states that their own projection of negative growth (-0.5 percent) hides that most countries in the region continue to experience growth. The OECD also predicts 2017 will be good for several countries in Latin America. Consequently, much of the infrastructure can stay in "pause." This creates opportunities through demand for satellite surveillance, telemetry and remote command, allowing their owners to maintain control over the infrastructure and even operate some of that infrastructure without human interaction in the field.

The road to satellite controlled automation is facilitated by a growing supply and a maturity of solutions that are tailored to IoT / M2M through existing services, such as Inmarsat’s IDP and BGAN M2M, Iridium SBD and Globalstar Simplex, in addition to the usual VSAT-based solutions. The modern enterprise is mobile, and must be mobile even in the most remote and hostile environments:

The real-time connectivity to mobile resources provided by these platforms opens the door to a true revolution in process optimization, updating complete production structures to up-to-the-minute demand rather than month by month optimization. Permanent connectivity can, therefore, allow efficiency to increase almost up to the theoretical limit. To make this possible in practice, customers need a true service partner they can trust, not just a hardware provider. This requires a company with the experience to add value, customize and integrate technology. 

Additionally, customers require prompt and highly granular access to their services. Globalsat Group provides tools for self-management, through which customers can see their resources in real time and even turn terminals off remotely, at will, to control costs through specialized tools such as AirtimeSAT. This kind of service control is especially appealing in these times of increased corporate risk in the LATAM region.

Connectivity Can Provide Value + Savings
Permanent connectivity even in areas where terrestrial network coverage is available can be a challenge in Latin America. The rapid growth of mobile Internet users pushes the limits of mass use infrastructure. In example, there is a case in Brazil where Globalsat Group operates more than 500 mobile satellite broadband terminals for a company linked to the energy sector. That company does not want to rely solely on the quality of service and coverage of cellular companies—their business in these critical times is 24x7 mission critical.

Permanent and redundant connectivity allows that firm to monitor and communicate with their entire fleet, optimizing routes on the fly as conditions change across their infrastructure. This capability provides significant savings to their operations and increased service continuity for their customers and the country. Addressing such projects where a turnkey solution comprised of multiple terminals must be developed and operated reliably, all based on specific customer needs. To simply be a provider of satellite airtime is no longer enough for business success.

An agile and cohesive team connected to the operational and regulatory situation in each country can make the difference between growing steadily in an increasingly demanding market or maintaining a status quo that will reduce competitiveness and cause market loss.

A Flexible Organizational Structure To Adapt To Difficult Times
To increase efficiency and user satisfaction across a diverse market, the Globalsat Group affiliates operate as parts of a mesh network: customers in each country are directly served by a local team, and within each team there are experts in specific solutions.

When expertise that is available in another team is required, there is direct contact from team to team without going through the central organization. This allows for streamlined management and also gives all clients access to all experts in all areas of the operation, such as standard voice and data, IoT / M2M, software development and hardware, aviation and maritime satellite technology, streaming / media and even land mobile radio.

Frost & Sullivan, which recently granted the company the 2016 Latin America Satellite Company of the Year Award, has estimated that for success in Latin America, there are several key points: fulfilling unmet needs, anticipating scenarios, commercial best practices, financial performance, product price/performance, customer purchase experience and brand value are some of the areas where a satellite services company must maintain excellence in order to survive. 

According to Euroconsult, the future of the MSS industry will depend on how quickly suppliers are able to adapt to new market conditions. Globalsat Group believes those of us who are able to anticipate these conditions have the winning hand. This is an experience that the company wishes to share—because if other market players do well, a positive spiral will be generated for the entire satellite industry.

J. Alberto Palacios is the Chief Executive Officer of Globalsat Group, the first pan-American group to provide Mobile Satellite Services (MSS). Mr. Palacios is well known for his extensive experience in the industry with particular focus on emerging countries. Under his vision, the group he founded in 1999 has become the leading multinational MSS organization to serve the Latin American market, with an accelerated growth over the past years, offices in eight countries and distributors throughout the region. He is currently based in the Palm Beach area in Florida, where the group headquarters is located.

June 28, 2016

Fleet Xpress demos in Latin America for the first time

22 June 2016: Inmarsat, Cobham SATCOM and MultiSAT – Globalsat Group, have hosted a series of seminars to showcase the capabilities of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to the Latin American market for the first time since its launch.

The seminars were held in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico focusing on the maritime and offshore markets working in the Gulf of Mexico; and in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, targeting the industrial fishing sector operating in the Pacific Ocean. The events attracted owners and operators together with distribution partners and installers.


Fleet Xpress, based on Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation, is the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for the maritime market.

Operational efficiency

It combines the high data speeds of Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband L-band service for unlimited backup to enable ship owners and operators to enhance business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, as well as provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits.

“In Ciudad del Carmen attendees were able, for the first time in Mexico and Latin America, to see a working Fleet Xpress SAILOR 60 GX antenna, delivering unprecedented levels of voice and data connectivity,” said Porfirio Suarez, Maritime Director for the Globalsat Group and Country Manager for MultiSAT Mexico.

“The Fleet Xpress service demonstration included the streaming of live video content, as well as large file transfers and latency and bandwidth tests.”

New standard

“Fleet Xpress is truly setting a new standard in maritime communications and we’ve been excited to demonstrate to the Latin American market the value that the service can deliver”, said Christian Cordoba, Inmarsat Maritime Channel Manger for Latin America.

“Fleet Xpress offers the ability for ship owners to not only make real benefits to their business, to enhance vessel performance and to help control costs, but also help attract and retain skilled crew.”

The new SAILOR 60 GX from Cobham SATCOM was also on show at the seminars, which offers a light weight, compact, yet robust antenna pedestal, weighing only 32kgs/82lbs.

Lightest weight

Equipped with state of the art RF as well as direct drive motors, the SAILOR 60 GX guarantees the lightest weight as well as the maximum RF and pointing performance, unequalled in a 60 cm antenna system.

Additionally, the SAILOR 60 GX features Cobham SATCOM’s “One Touch Commissioning”, single cable RF/Control and easy to use user interface to reduce installation time and costs.

“When you consider all of the above features, and the fact that the SAILOR 60 GX is backed by the largest global support network in the maritime satellite communications industry, there can only be one choice for a sub-meter Fleet Xpress antenna, the Cobham’s SAILOR 60 GX,” stated Jesús V. Alegría, Latin America Sales Director for Cobham SATCOM.

Seasonal coverage

During the seminars, Inmarsat also unveiled the latest Fleet One Global plan, which offers basic functionality, greater cost and usage control, with the reassurance of a trusted global commercial satellite network.

With the ability to activate or deactivate the service as needed, Fleet One Global is ideal for those vessels looking for seasonal coverage such as in the fishing market

Seminar attendees also had an opportunity to see live demonstrations of Inmarsat’s Fleet Media service, an innovative maritime entertainment solution, bringing the latest in Hollywood and international films, sports, news and TV shows to vessels around the globe.

Innovative service

Fleet Media gives crew members access to hundreds of hours of multilingual on-demand content that can be watched via Wi-Fi or physical network connection, via their own PC, tablet or smartphone, and is already enriching the livelihood of crew at sea.

J.Alberto Palacios, CEO of Globalsat Group said, “The launch events held in Mexico for Inmarsat’s innovative Fleet Xpress service has enabled Globalsat Group to consolidate its technological regional leadership and gives our clients and partners the ability to be at the forefront of maritime satellite communications once again.”


November 03, 2015

Inmarsat continues pace of innovation for Government users

03 November 2015: The pace of innovation in commercially-operated satellite constellations is enabling governments to increase their satcom capabilities more cost-effectively, according to Andy Start, President of Global Government at Inmarsat.

In his presentation at Global MilSatCom today in London, Mr Start outlined how Inmarsat is empowering governments across the world, announcing that Global Xpress services are now available for government users across North, Central and South America and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as Middle East, Africa and Asia, which has been in operation since summer 2014.

“Increasingly, we are finding our government customers around the world need to do more with highly challenged budgets,” he said.

Advanced communications

“The most efficient way to do this is often to leverage advanced communications and IT infrastructure to make better use of people, vehicle, aircraft and ships.

“We’re proud to help them achieve best-value by partnering with leading commercial suppliers to develop bespoke government solutions on top of their commercial networks.”

Inmarsat is at the forefront of this trend, having successfully launched the third satellite in its next generation, Ka-band Global Xpress constellation in August 2015, Inmarsat’s new satcom network is on course to enter global commercial service by year-end.

Latest innovations

During Global MilSatCom, Inmarsat will be highlighting the latest innovations from Inmarsat, which include:

  • Global Xpress (GX): Three major governments now rely on GX as part of their mission critical communications capability and four other governments are actively testing the capabilities of the new network
  • L-3 GCS Cheetah II type approval for GX operation: This lightweight, truly portable and ‘airline checkable’ terminal is embedded with the iDirect Velocity Global Xpress Core Module, 5W commercial Ka-band BUC, controller/processor and Ethernet switch. The GCS ViewSAT-e software provides monitor and control of the terminal through the use of an intuitive web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI). With over 1500 units of the predecessor sold, this lightweight solution is the highest performing auto-acquiring terminal within the Global Xpress catalogue and goes from case to network operation in less than 10 minutes.
  • Successful extension of L-TAC into the aviation sector: Developed in response to market demand generated by the widespread adoption of UHF and VHF variants of the Slingshot applique, L-TAC is a further example of Inmarsat responding to the specific requirements of the government market. The release of the Aviation variant will complete the family of vehicular, man-pack and maritime solutions developed in conjunction with Spectra. The successful testing of the Spectra Slingshot Aviation Capability was witnessed by several major NATO members on fixed wing platforms (C130 and commercial platforms) and on the Black Hawk helicopter.
October 20, 2015

Iridium Completes First Iridium Certus(SM) Broadband Call

Major Milestone Proves Efficacy and Quality of New Solution for Voice and Data Communications

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that it has successfully conducted the first ever voice and data ground test call over the next-generation Iridium Certus broadband network, currently under development.  Iridium Certus is the new global broadband capability being introduced on Iridium NEXT — Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation.

The voice and data call utilized and demonstrated the capabilities of three newly developed core components of the Iridium Certus communications system for the first time: the broadband satellite terminal, Iridium NEXT satellites, and upgraded capabilities in Iridium's terrestrial gateway.  

The call originated from a prototype satellite terminal previously announced as the Iridium Certus Broadband Core Module (BCX), then processed through an Iridium NEXT satellite undergoing testing for first launch that was updated with Iridium Certus software, and then terminated through the Iridium Certus gateway subsystem connecting to the public network.  The broadband call demonstrated highly anticipated enhanced voice and broadband capabilities of the new Iridium Certus service.  The service will introduce an initial data speed of 352kb/s and a new, high quality voice codec which will operate at 2X the current bit rate of Iridium's current generation offerings. Iridium Certus's uniquely scalable architecture will enable data speeds eventually as high as 1.4 megabits per second for a single user terminal after Iridium NEXT deployment is completed.

"This is a major milestone in proving the quality and potential of Iridium Certus. With our new BCX module and the enhanced capabilities offered through our Iridium NEXT satellites, our manufacturing partners will be able to offer industry-leading satellite broadband capabilities through our global distribution channels to the aeronautical, maritime and land mobile markets," said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager, maritime and aviation businesses at Iridium. "Iridium Certus will be a major advancement in broadband mobile satellite voice and data communications from anywhere in the world."

Iridium Certus will deliver an enterprise-grade mobile satellite broadband service that is able to serve as a standalone service or complementary component of a VSAT solution. Iridium Certus terminals are also expected to be able to offer maritime and aviation safety services once approval is granted by the respective authorities.  In addition, the terminals are multi-service capable, allowing terminal manufacturers to enable multiple Iridium services such as Short Burst Data and Iridium Burst®, in addition to broadband and high quality voice — all from the same user terminal.  The Iridium Certus service will enter beta testing as Iridium NEXT satellites come online, even prior to the full deployment of the Iridium NEXT constellation, with commercial service launch to follow a successful beta testing phase.

About Iridium Communications Inc.

Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has based these statements on its current expectations and the information currently available to us. Forward-looking statements in this presentation include statements regarding the development and capabilities of the Iridium NEXT constellation and the development, deployment and capabilities of products for Iridium Certus broadband. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the words "anticipates," "may," "can," "believes," "expects," "projects," "intends," "likely," "will," "to be" and other expressions that are predictions or indicate future events, trends or prospects. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Iridium to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding Iridium NEXT development and functionality, potential delays in the Iridium NEXT deployment, the development of and market for Iridium Certus and related products, and the company's ability to maintain the health, capacity and content of its satellite constellation, as well as general industry and economic conditions, and competitive, legal, governmental and technological factors. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements include those factors listed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("the SEC") on February 26, 2015, and the Company's 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, filed with the SEC on July 30, 2015, as well as other filings Iridium makes with the SEC from time to time. There is no assurance that Iridium's expectations will be realized. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if Iridium's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected, estimated or projected. Iridium's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Iridium undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

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