--The BBC, Fox News, others deploy BGAN for uninterrupted coverage of
BETHESDA, MD, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it has been providing integrated media
solutions that are enabling many of the world's largest news
organizations to broadcast ongoing coverage of the Egyptian political
crisis. The solutions include Inmarsat BGAN mobile broadband satellite
services with GuaranteedAccess managed end-to-end IP network
These organizations began broadcasting reports of the crisis from Cairo
and other Egyptian cities on January 25th. Days later, the Egyptian
government shut down all terrestrial Internet connectivity and mobile
phone service. BGAN enabled these broadcasters to continue
newsgathering in Egypt and transmitting live reports to their studios,
BGAN from Stratos streaming services are being used by the BBC, Fox News
and others for live video streaming from the protest sites. The
broadcasters also are using BGAN for Internet connectivity,
store-and-forward video clips, and audio streaming for radio broadcast.
All BGAN traffic from these organizations is routed via the Stratos
global IP network, known as StratosNexus, into the broadcasters'
As it did for last year's Haitian disaster, Stratos is continually
monitoring its BGAN network and StratosNexus during this period of
heightened usage in Egypt - and is providing frequent status reports to
its media customers. Inmarsat also is taking measures to ensure the
usual high level of availability and reliability of its Inmarsat-4
satellite network during this crisis.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "Major news events like these,
under seemingly impossible conditions, remind the world's top
broadcasters of the indispensible nature of BGAN and the reliability of
the Stratos network. The Stratos team remains available around the
clock, to help our customers ensure optimal performance and efficiency
from any imaginable location."
BGAN from Stratos enables media organizations to perform at optimal
levels at any remote location. Journalists can effectively use BGAN
services with minimal training. The premium BGAN X-Stream service
allows a guaranteed minimum symmetrical video streaming rate of 384
kbps, with up to 450 kbps expected under optimal conditions. Today's
announcement is the latest example of how Stratos has helped many of
the world's largest media organizations benefit from BGAN X-Stream
since the service was launched in 2009.
For these events, news organizations make full use of Stratos'
value-added services known as The Stratos Advantage, which enable
customers to monitor airtime, restrict unauthorized usage and manage
costs. The organizations also achieve guaranteed, end-to-end bandwidth
for their time-critical data with a Stratos GuaranteedAccess solution
custom designed by Stratos engineers.
Stratos GuaranteedAccess extends guaranteed bandwidth from the BGAN
terminal through to the terrestrial infrastructure to broadcast
centers. Stratos GuaranteedAccess is enabled by StratosNexus, a
Stratos-managed Global Core network for traditional and IP-based
services. StratosNexus is a redundant and highly resilient network,
designed and optimized to carry time-sensitive satellite traffic.
About BGAN from Stratos
Stratos is one of the world's largest distributors of Inmarsat's BGAN
(Broadband Global Area Network) service, a mobile satellite offering
that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide video (guaranteed
up to 384 kbps streaming), high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice
connectivity anywhere in the world. Since its introduction in late
2005, BGAN from Stratos has been widely adopted by media organizations,
military agencies, first responders and professionals in many other
industries worldwide. Stratos now boasts more than 14,500 BGAN
activations in 185 countries.
About The Stratos Advantage
Stratos customers fully utilize The Stratos Advantage, a suite of
value-added services that help elevate BGAN from Stratos far above
baseline offerings. These value-added services, including Stratos
Dashboard, provide users with cost control, firewall management, full
traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy
VPN access, messaging services and a full range of IP options. More
information on BGAN from Stratos is available at www.thepowerofbgan.com.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
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