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Globalsat Group, Inmarsat and Cobham sign contract to provide Rumo with satcoms across Brazilian railway network

(23 January 2020 - Cobham) Globalsat Group, through its Brazilian affiliate Globalsat do Brasil, has signed a multi-year contract with Rumo SA, the largest transport and logistics company in Latin America.

In a deal that is set to significantly improve the running of Rumo’s Brazilian rail infrastructure, Globalsat Group will provide a solution leveraging satellite connectivity from Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, and Cobham connectivity terminals. This solution will connect Rumo’s cargo trains, increasing the speed with which goods can be transported across the country and improving the safety of trains, vehicles and the people operating them.

Rumo is responsible for managing 14,000km of railway track in Brazil, with the project initially focusing on 2000km of the Northern Railway which connects six key states to the Port of Santos. As most of the tracks pass through remote areas with unreliable or non-existent network coverage, train drivers, railway engineers and transport managers have no way of communicating effectively. As a result, drivers cannot receive live traffic updates and trains cannot progress until they receive updates from the control centre. This causes long delays to trains and creates a variety of logistical challenges as well as increased operational costs.

The first stage of the project will begin in early 2020 and will see Globalsat Group equipping 300 of Rumo’s cargo trains, operating on this section of track, with Cobham EXPLORER 325 Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals, EXPLORER Mobile Gateways and the PRISM PTT+ service, delivering uninterrupted connectivity, even in the most isolated of areas without mobile coverage. This will enable accurate real-time tracking of each train as well as reliable voice and data communication between drivers, maintenance crews and regional control centres. The framework’s intent is to see 1,600 locomotives provisioned with highly reliable BGAN connectivity, ensuring an efficient, profitable and safe railway network.

Igor Falcao, Head of Globalsat do Brasil and Senior Vice President of Sales of Globalsat Group stated: “In Brazil, rail is the most important transportation channel for many industries including agriculture, commodities, forestry and consumer goods. So, a more efficient network means a stronger economy. Rumo’s rail network is the only one connecting the central state of Mato Grosso to the largest port in Latin America – Santos. The connectivity improvements being brought by mobile satellite communications will improve Rumo’s operations, making rail a more reliable and effective transport proposition that the Brazilian economy can depend on.”

Alberto Palacios, CEO Globalsat Group said: “Our solution is set to transform the way Rumo operates by providing much greater visibility over its assets and infrastructure, as well as reducing its costs. Globalsat Group has developed a compelling solution for rail network and logistics operators working in remote parts of South America, and we are delighted to be working with Rumo, the largest transport and logistics company in Brazil on this integral project.”

Mike Carter, President of Inmarsat Enterprise added: “Inmarsat is proud to be helping enable this project, alongside our partners Globalsat Group and Cobham, in Brazil, a country in which we have a long history of working. Strong and consistent connectivity is pivotal for the continued growth of organisations across the country and satellite is enabling many infrastructure projects, taking productivity and efficiency gains to the next level.”

Henrik Nørrelykke, VP Global Sales & Marketing, Land, at Cobham SATCOM, said: “We are excited to be working with Inmarsat and Globalsat Group to bring our EXPLORER terminals and PRISM PTT+ service to the railway industry in Brazil. This is a great step to further expand our rollout of the EXPLORER Push-To-Talk services globally. With a five-year contract for our managed PRISM PTT+ service, Rumo is ensured high-speed connectivity and uninterrupted voice communications across its operations. This will greatly improve their safety and efficiency, and provide the necessary data for operational optimisation.”

About Cobham

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

About Cobham SATCOM

Providing dependable communications and internet access anywhere under the most demanding conditions. Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the air. We design and manufacture these high-performance products under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing customers with outstanding performance, value and support through our global sales and service network.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

About Inmarsat Enterprise

Inmarsat Enterprise is focused on the provision of satellite connectivity and IIoT solutions for land-based businesses, Inmarsat Enterprise operates globally across a diverse set of sectors including agriculture, aid and NGO, energy, media, mining and transport.

About Globalsat Group

Founded in 1999, Globalsat Group is the first Pan – American Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) consortium and a leading provider of voice, data, M2M / IoT, software and hardware developments throughout the western hemisphere with offices in continental United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico and Mexico, as well as distributors in the most importants cities in the region.

Continuosly and efficiently, Globalsat’s land, maritime and aeronautical solutions provide mission – critical communications to thousands of customers across sectors as energy, government, defense, media, mining, banking, agriculture, NGOs and tourism, among others.

Globalsat Group was honoured with the “Top Land Mobility Satcom Innovation Award” by the MSUA (Mobile Satellite Users Association), and was also named “Latin Americas Satellite Communications Company of the Year” for two consecutite years by the highly recognised international consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Recently Globalsat Group has being distinct through its affiliate Globalsat do Brasil as a leading company ACIL GPTW.