Inmarsat — provider of global mobile satellite communications — has appointed Gautam Sharma lead its operations in India.
Sharma most recently held a series of senior international positions with telecommunications equipment and services company Huawei. His previous career experience also includes roles with optical and wireless solutions firm Arasor International Holding, as well as Globsyn and Hexacom India Limited (now Airtel).
"According to the World Bank, India is forecast to be the world's fastest growing economy in 2016. Together with our strategic partner, BSNL, we have the opportunity to address the significant potential demand for reliable, mobile satellite communication services across a broad range of commercial and public sectors. Our selection of Gautam Sharma as the Managing Director of our Indian operations is a further sign of our long-term commitment to and the growth potential of the market in India," said Inmarsat's CEO Rupert Pearce.
Inmarsat has signed an agreement to partner with Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to distribute its fourth generation, L-band voice and data services within the Indian market.
As such, one of the first priorities for Sharma is to work closely with BSNL to strengthen their partnership and open a new gateway that will support the anticipated increase in Indian-based end-users of Inmarsat's services.
As the only Government-authorised mobile satellite services in the Indian market, Sharma believes there is huge potential for Inmarsat and its services - including the recently completed high-speed broadband Global Xpress constellation - to support economic and social development.
"There is a real opportunity for us to support and enhance the ability for both public and private sector organisations to access critical connectivity services. Inmarsat's satellite communications network can provide transformational capabilities that will benefit a number of key sectors," he said.
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