Mackay Communications Inc., a worldwide marine electronics and airtime service provider, announces it has signed a Partner agreement with Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L) to distribute its award-winning Fleet Xpress service to the global maritime market including deep sea vessels, commercial fishing, oil and gas, defense, and cruise-passenger lines.

2InmarsatlogoMackay will offer a complete end-to-end Fleet Xpress package including the full range of Fleet Xpress airtime service options and choice of approved antennas. The partnership will also include a global 24/7 installation and service agreement; leveraging Mackay's technical expertise to support the rapidly growing installation and conversion opportunities for Fleet Xpress systems in ports worldwide.

“Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service delivers seamless and reliable global connectivity at high-speeds, with automatic and unlimited fail-over to FleetBroadband when needed, and all for a predictable flat monthly rate. This is what our customers need to operate their business efficiently, while contributing to the health and welfare of their crews,” comments Matthew Krupinski, Director of Satellite Services at Mackay Communications.

“The Fleet Xpress partnership enables Mackay to offer customers a “future-proof” communications package - unique in the maritime industry providing global high-speed coverage, dual Ka and L band antennas for continuous connectivity, together with speeds and service guarantees previously only available with much larger, high-power antennas,” states Kai Madsen, Marine Sales Manager at Mackay Communications.

“Mackay has been a long-standing Inmarsat partner and over the 30-year relationship they have invested in and developed a strong and talented team of specialists to support the evolving needs of the maritime market,” comments Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Chief Sales Officer, Inmarsat Maritime. “Fleet Xpress is more than just a satellite communications service; the double award-winning service is powering a data revolution, bringing unrivalled vessel efficiency and communication benefits to crew. We are setting a new standard in maritime communications and we’re excited Mackay is joining our Fleet Xpress partner network.”

Fleet Xpress customers will benefit from Mackay’s expertise in satellite communication systems and reputation as a turn-key integrator for new-build and retro-fit customers of all vessel classes. Mackay’s dedicated Satellite Services Division provides 24/7 technical system support, consolidated billing, and a team to advise on terminal and airtime plans to match client requirements and budget.

Combining Inmarsat’s cutting-edge technology with Mackay’s extensive marine and offshore customer base, solution-focus integration expertise, and worldwide service, is a powerful formula to enhance the adoption of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service.

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