Turkey, UK satellite companies sign partnership deal
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
AA PhotoU.K.-based satellite communications company Inmarsat and Turkey’s satellite operator TurkSat have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate in the satellite service, maritime communication, defense and aerospace sectors.
“With the strategic partnership between TurkSat and Inmarsat, some high-value added Inmarsat equipment would be produced in Turkey by one or more Turkish firms. It is an important opportunity,” Arslan said.
“This agreement is very significant and will be an example to our region. This strategic partnership will provide Turkey with collaboration opportunities in that specific area. It is just the start,” he said.
“TurkSat was founded in 2004…Today, it works as a cable operator and solution center for the public besides its satellite operator role,” Arslan said.
Rupert Pearce, chief executive officer at Inmarsat, said the strategic partnership with TurkSat offered tremendous potential for both Inmarsat and TurkSat, their joint business and technology ecosystem in Turkey and the wider Turkish economy.
“TurkSat is among the ‘thought leaders’ in our industry, and we believe that, together, Inmarsat and TurkSat will be very well-placed to collaborate to bring cutting edge, high-value added, space-based communications capabilities to Turkish government, enterprise and consumer users in the years ahead, making a vital contribution to the development of a pervasive digital society in Turkey,” Pearce said.
“We are confident that, in partnership with Turksat, we can powerfully support the development of a hi-tech, high skill and satellite services sector in Turkey,” he added.
Cenk Şen, chief executive officer of TurkSat, said Turkey already had four satellites in space and that three more projects were underway to boost the country’s satellite communications capability.
“We are not aiming at only business relations with Inmarsat. One of our targets is technology transfer to our country. In this sense, Inmarsat’s fourth land station for satellite services will be established in Turkey,” he said.