Inmarsat has appointed Bill Peltola as senior director, Aviation Services in the Asia-Pacific region, the global mobile satellite communications services provider announced on 14 March.
Peltola will be responsible for developing market opportunities for Inmarsat aviation services in the region, the company said in a statement.
The company has a longstanding leadership position in satellite-based, aviation safety services and introducing Global Xpress (GX), the world's first globally available superfast mobile broadband service, delivered through Ka-band.
Inmarsat's GX service will offer the unique combination of seamless global coverage from a single operator and consistently higher performance with download speeds of up to 50Mbps over Inmarsat's next generation of satellites, the Inmarsat-5s.
Peltola joins Inmarsat's aviation team from Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Prior to this, he held senior level positions with aircraft connectivity companies including AirCell (Gogo), Stratos and British Telecom.
"Inmarsat has a great story to tell," said Peltola. "Its reputation for technology development, customer focus and market innovation are second to none. Inmarsat's game-changing Global Xpress broadband solution is coming online at the perfect time to satisfy the growing needs of airlines and aircraft operators. I look forward to using my industry experience to help communicate this story - ensuring GX's profile in the aviation space continues to keep pace with our growing position and potential in the Asia-Pacific region."
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