Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2002
New Office to Capitalize on 2001 Landmark North American Access Ruling
Inmarsat Ventures plc., the London-based global mobile satellite communications Group, today announced the opening of their first U.S.-based operations with an office located in Washington, D.C.
Inmarsat will execute their North American operations strategy through the new office following the October 2001 legislation extending the ORBIT Act deadline for the company's initial public offering, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling granting access rights for several Inmarsat partners. The legislation and FCC ruling will enable businesses in the U.S. to benefit from Inmarsat's robust and reliable high-speed data and voice communications services through Inmarsat partners.
``Until this point, satellite communications offerings in the United States have failed to deliver on the promise of fast and reliable voice and data communications,'' said Michael Butler, managing director of Inmarsat Ltd. ``With our proven history and undeniable success within the maritime, land and aeronautical industries, we are confident that Inmarsat's entry into the US market will provide US-based businesses the quality mobile voice and data communications services currently being utilized by Inmarsat customers worldwide.''
As a former Intergovernmental Organisation, Inmarsat was restricted from conducting business in mainland United States except in the coastal waters around the country and in the skies overhead under the terms of the ORBIT Act of 2000. The October FCC ruling grants several Inmarsat partners the rights to provide Inmarsat services in the U.S. with immediate effect.
The Washington DC office will include Alan Auckenthaler, Vice President of The Americas for Inmarsat Inc., and Robert Demers, Director Government Accounts for Inmarsat Inc. With over 40 combined years of governmental and satellite communications experience, Auckenthaler and Demers will take the lead in building Inmarsat's presence in the U.S. through working with service providers and Land Earth Station Operators (LESOs) to provide on-the-ground assistance and education to prospective customers. The new office will also be responsible for interfacing with the U.S. government on strategic satellite communications policy.
``Alan and Robert have tremendous experience with satellite companies building business units from the ground up and both have long histories developing government programs for utilizing mobile satellite services,'' continued Butler. ``Inmarsat is thrilled to have such experienced hands leading our first U.S. operation.''
Inmarsat's existing North American partners include: Stratos and Telenor Satellite Services Inc. (formerly Comsat) who offer land-based Inmarsat services including 64kbit/s mobile ISDN Global Area Network (GAN) services; Honeywell and SITA who offer aeronautical services; and John Deere for agricultural tracking solutions.
Inmarsat has also opened a Miami office to service their Latin American operations in the coming months and years.
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