Boeing and TrustComm to sell satellite bandwidth

Monday, 17 March, 2014

TrustComm, a provider of satellite communications solutions, has signed a service provider agreement with Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) to distribute the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) high-speed mobile broadband service. The partners will sell satellite bandwidth to government and commercial users as a way of addressing the increasing demand for satellite communications capacity.

Through BCSS, Boeing works with owners of active satellite systems to market available bandwidth and to include hosted payloads on future spacecraft. Under the agreement, TrustComm becomes the first BCSS service provider offering GX Ka-band services in both the military and commercial frequency ranges.

“Our ability to provide both military Ka and commercial Ka capabilities from GX’s combination of lightweight, small-footprint terminals in a globally available broadband service - delivered with high reliability and resilience - is a major innovation as bandwidth requirements grow and budgets shrink,” noted TrustComm CEO Bob Roe.

GX is the first globally available Ka-band mobile satellite system capable of delivering up to 50 Mbps to mobile or fixed terminals. It will be delivered by the Inmarsat-5 satellites, being built by Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. The first GX satellite is set to enter commercial service by mid-year, while the full constellation of three high-throughput satellites, offering seamless global Ka-band coverage, is scheduled for deployment by the end of the year.

“The agreement between TrustComm and BCSS leverages the benefits of both companies’ infrastructures to reach customers on a global scale with local knowledge and support,” said Roe.

Jim Mitchell, vice president of BCSS, added, “Our partnership with TrustComm reflects our commitment to offering our GX solutions to the world’s most capable providers. TrustComm brings a focused effort toward customer and market sectors Boeing isn’t addressing directly. We look forward to delivering innovative solutions to support these users with TrustComm.”

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