Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and Turksat, the Turkish state-owned regional satellite operator, today formalized their partnership at a contract signing ceremony held during Satellite 2016 at National Harbor, MD USA. In December 2015, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding signalling their mutual intent to form a strategic partnership to enhance opportunities for both companies.

With today’s signing of the strategic partnership agreement, Inmarsat becomes the preferred mobile satellite communications provider for Turksat, broadening its coverage in the region. Turksat, in addition to its current products and services, can now offer a significantly broadened portfolio of mobile satellite products and services to its customers in Turkey, EMEA, the Caucuses and Central Asia. Also Inmarsat will be able to offer Turksat satellite services to its customers in the region.

Initially, the two companies will focus on delivering L-band and Global Xpress services to the Government, security, defense, maritime and aviation sectors. In the mid to long term, the companies will expand their coverage to all sectors and government organizations.

“We are very pleased to have officially cemented this agreement with Turksat and look forward to working with our newest partner to bring the most reliable mobile satellite services to users in this region,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.

“While mutually beneficial to both companies, it is our Turkish and regional customers that will ultimately benefit from this strategic partnership as we are now able to offer a broader and more robust portfolio of mobile satellite communications services,” said Ensar GUL, Turksat.

For further information:
Jonathan Sinnatt
Director of Corporate Communications
+44 (0)20 7728 1935

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 employs around 1,600 staff 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 (LSE:ISAT.L).

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About Turksat
Turksat is one of the region’s leading communication companies. By providing services through satellites, cable TV and IT infrastructure Turksat provides flexible solutions aimed at customers’ specific needs where no terrestrial infrastructure is available.

Turksat provides voice, data, internet, TV, and radio broadcasting services through its satellites, covering a geographical area extending from Europe to Asia. Furthermore, Turksat operates a cable TV platform to supply broadcasting services for domestic subscribers. In addition Turksat develops software solutions and operates the e-Government Portal of Turkey. Turksat’s workforce consists of 1012 employees devoted to ensuring the company remains a market leader in the region.