Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has expanded its Global Xpress value-added reseller arrangement with Canada’s Network Innovations Inc. to include the global media and energy sectors, London-based Inmarsat announced Nov. 26.

Network Innovations of Calgary, Alberta, a managed satellite solutions provider, had already signed on as a reseller of Global Xpress’ Ka-band capacity in the maritime and government markets, Inmarsat said. Under the latest arrangement, Network Innovations will sell solutions based on Global Xpress capacity to the media, gas, mining and utility sectors.

The first of Inmarsat’s four planned Global Xpress satellites, built by Boeing and featuring commercial and military Ka-band capacity, is scheduled to launch in December aboard an International Launch Services Proton rocket. Two more satellites are slated to launch next year, also on Protons.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Inmarsat for its game-changing Global Xpress service,” Tim Harkema, president of Network Innovations, said in a prepared statement. 

“For our media customers, the combination of highly portable, light-weight, small footprint terminals, together with Inmarsat’s unique high speed, globally available broadband service — all delivered with high reliability and resilience — is a major innovation,” Harkema said. “For the energy sector, these factors combined with scalability and the consistency of operations on a global basis will generate significant demand.”