JRC appointed as Inmarsat hardware partner for Global Xpress

Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) has signed an agreement with Inmarsat to manufacture and deliver maritime terminals for its forthcoming Global Xpress™ Ka-band broadband service.

JRC is one of the world’s longest-established companies in the field of marine electronics, and a pioneer in global mobile L-band satellite communications as Inmarsat’s longest-serving manufacturing partner.

As one of the initial launch partners for Global Xpress, Inmarsat’s visionary response to the rapidly-changing broadband needs of international shipping, JRC will ensure the availability of high-quality maritime terminals at service introduction, planned for 2013.

“JRC has a well earned reputation of providing top-quality maritime equipment, backed up by the highest caliber of service,” said Frank Coles, President – Maritime, Inmarsat. “We are extremely pleased to have JRC contributing to the success of the Global Xpress service. This now completes the range of leading manufacturers supporting GX.”

JRC’s terminals operating over Inmarsat’s new fleet of Inmarsat-5 Ka-Band satellites, will provide seafarers with greatly enhanced levels of communications speed, quality and service.

From the beginnings of the satellite communications era JRC has invested heavily in research and development year-on-year. This investment will continue so as to offer creative solutions to the marine industry, through a new design of compact Ka-Band terminal and antenna delivering enhanced connectivity in response to user demands.

“Our Global Xpress terminals will complement the suite of Inmarsat marine products we have available today,” said Mr. Tamiho Shinya, Executive of Marine Division, JRC. “We are using the experience and expertise gained through our rich heritage of delivering successful Inmarsat products to ensure that our new product range for use with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress will provide customers with JRC’s renowned quality and reliability at a competitive price and with full global support.”

About JRC

Established in 1915, JRC has built and maintained a hard-earned reputation in the marine business for reliable and innovative engineering backed up by an extensive global customer support network. Our products are valued in the market because they provide modern affordable services which work dependably. JRC’s engineering standards are matched by the rigour of our Quality Assurance process -- our brand and our reputation are critical to our continued success.

Marine Electronics comprises some 30% of our activities. JRC worldwide has over 3500 employees (including subsidiaries) working in 41 locations in Japan and 13 overseas offices, with the main marine service centres being in Tokyo, Amsterdam and Seattle as our hubs for global coverage. In FY2010, ended March 31, 2011, the JRC Group posted consolidated net sales of JPY107,705 million($1.295.3 million). For more information, please visit www.jrc.co.jp/eng/ir/annual/2011/annual11.pdf

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 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For the year ended 31st December 2010, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,171.6 million (2009: US$1,038.1 million) and an EBITDA of US$696.1 million (2009: US$594.2 million). Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

For further information please contact:

Japan Radio Co.,Ltd
Marine Electronics Division
Tel No.: 81-(0)3-6832-1814
Email: marine-contact@jrc.co.jp

John Warehand
Tel No: 44 7739 778128
Email: john_warehand@inmarsat.com