Fellowship Type, Industry Sector, Sector based Fellowships, Digital | July 2017

Lord Holmes Connects with Inmarsat

Lord Holmes visited Inmarsat on Thursday 7 July as part of his Industry and Parliament (IPT) Fellowship* focusing on digital technology and innovation. This particular visit has enabled him to gain insight into how innovation and applications of new technology affect a range of sectors.

The UK Satellite operator Inmarsat is the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, delivering reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organisations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat owns and operates a fleet of thirteen  geostationary telecommunications satellites, including four Global Xpress (GX) spacecraft, which together form the world’s first, globally available high-speed broadband service, based upon a $1.6bn investment by Inmarsat, . The visit took place at Inmarsat’s Old Street roundabout HQ.

During the visit Lord Holmes met with key members of Inmarsat including CEO Rupert Pearce who gave him an overview of Inmarsat, in particular highlighting the different channels and strategy behind the technology transition.  With more than half of all mobile connections around the world now being ‘broadband’, it is becoming increasingly more important to have strong communications systems in place. Lord Holmes was able to gain insight into Inmarsat’s plethora of services, which cover a broad range of sectors including maritime, aviation, governments, first responders, Internet of Things (IoT) and a wide variety of other commercial enterprises.   

A key highlight of the visit was a tour of the facilities which included the Network Operations Centre and Satellite Control Centre, where Lord Holmes saw how Inmarsat proactively manages its global data and voice services and met the team that ‘fly’ the company’s satellites.

Lord Holmes’s Fellowship is helping him understand the challenges, opportunities and various ways in which businesses are adapting to the digital future.

Commenting on the visit Lord Holmes said:

“I was delighted to visit Inmarsat, it was great to see first-hand the work that they are doing with satellite communications, in particular what they are doing to connect the world and develop the conditions for prosperity overseas and in insecure areas. I would also like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust and Inmarsat for taking the time to organise such an insightful visit.”

Rupert Pearce, CEO at Inmarsat added:

“It was an absolute pleasure to host Lord Holmes at Inmarsat today. We were delighted to show him our facilities and we hope the visit gave him insight into what we do and the strategy behind the innovation and technology revolution. It has also been a pleasure to work with the Industry and Parliament Trust to bridge the gap between parliamentarians and businesses.”

ENDS.

Notes to Editors

*IPT Fellowships are educational, non-lobbying attachments for parliamentarians, providing a unique perspective of the challenges and issues facing UK industry. Fellowships can take place in a range of organisations, from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs and voluntary organisations.

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 operates 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 (ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com. 

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