-Customers in 185 countries fully utilize Stratos' value-added services,
which make BGAN usage more productive and affordable-
BETHESDA, MD, April 17 /CNW/ - Stratos Global Corp. (TSX: SGB), the
leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote
communications solutions, today announced it has reached the milestone of its
3,000th BGAN activation worldwide.
Stratos is the world's largest distributor of Inmarsat's BGAN (Broadband
Global Area Network), a mobile satellite service that uses lightweight
terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice
connectivity anywhere in the world.
Since its introduction last year, BGAN from Stratos has been widely
adopted by military & NGO agencies, media organizations, first responders and
professionals in many other industries worldwide.
Stratos now boasts BGAN customers in 185 countries, which cover 95
percent of the BGAN footprint. These customers fully utilize the Stratos
Advantage, a suite of value-added services that help make BGAN usage more
productive and affordable.
With the benefit of the Stratos Advantage, BGAN from Stratos is elevated
far above baseline BGAN services. The value-added services provide users with
cost control, firewall management, full traffic information, pre-paid
facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and
full IP range.
"To earn our position as the world's largest distributor of Inmarsat
products, we have continually succeeded in providing valuable services that
make mobile satellite solutions easy to use and efficient to own," said
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. "The Stratos Advantage builds on that
tradition of excellence. It optimizes the BGAN experience by providing
financial savings and control, and offering first-class security and support."
He added, "Our rapid rollout of 3,000 BGAN activations over such a wide
geographic area, combined with our industry-leading Stratos Advantage
services, make Stratos the ideal partner for those looking to benefit from the
latest high-speed mobile voice/data service."
Stratos Dashboard and Stratos Trench are the Foundation of the Stratos
Stratos Dashboard for BGAN
To monitor and control costs, the online Stratos Dashboard provides
real-time information on the amount of BGAN traffic used for voice and data,
and the associated costs. The Stratos Dashboard is fully automated and enables
customers to activate SIM cards in minutes and modify BGAN service
configurations in real time, as well as manage the consumption per SIM or
groups of SIMs. The Stratos Dashboard is a multi-access-level system that is
accessible by customers as well as by end-users in the field.
Stratos Trench for BGAN (Customer Managed Firewall)
Stratos Trench is a personal firewall physically placed between the
Internet and the BGAN network. It provides additional security and cost
savings by blocking specific web traffic and applications via an online
user-friendly interface. It also allows customers to block access to streaming
services (32, 64, 128, 256 kbps), which can prevent unwanted high costs.
Other components of the Stratos Advantage include:
Stratos BusinessAccess for BGAN
Corporate customers can easily extend their Local-Area Networks (LANs) to
BGAN-connected laptops using Stratos' secure BusinessAccess service, which
creates a fully private network between a company's BGAN users and the
corporate intranet. Stratos BusinessAccess is ideally suited for corporate and
military users, who gain added security by deploying a leased line between the
BGAN network and their headquarters.
Stratos GuaranteedAccess extends BGAN's guaranteed bandwidth (streaming
32, 64, 128, 256 kbps) to the terrestrial infrastructure, either ISDN or via
leased lines. Customers using Stratos GuaranteedAccess receive end-to-end
guaranteed bandwidth, ensuring that they always receive the capacity they pay
for. Stratos GuaranteedAccess is ideally suited for media users, who use
real-time streaming solutions.
Stratos IP Access for BGAN
Stratos IP Access enables customers to benefit from all possible types of
Internet access via public, private, static and dynamic IP addresses -
enabling support for all applications and network requests.
Global Network and Terrestrial Delivery Options
Stratos has upgraded its StratosNexus network infrastructure to a fully
IP-based system that supports end-to-end streaming, personal firewalls and
satellite-optimized data compression. BGAN from Stratos leverages Stratos'
extensive global Internet points-of-presence and enhanced terrestrial core
network to ensure fast delivery of data traffic once it hits the ground.
Customers have access to dedicated point-to-point leased line and ISDN
connections to provide a reliable and efficient last-mile solution to bring
mobile satellite traffic from the field to their headquarters office in the
most reliable and secure manner.
Stratos Prepaid Services for BGAN
Stratos Prepaid is fully managed on the BGAN Dashboard. These services
enable users to pay for their BGAN airtime usage in advance, making it easy to
adhere to their budgetary guidelines. End-users can pay for additional usage
with their credit card and view their traffic details and prepaid balance
online on the BGAN Dashboard. Stratos Prepaid Services are especially
attractive to first responders, who typically insist on a fixed budget for
For more information on BGAN from Stratos, please visit
Stratos (TSX: SGB), with over a century of service, is the world's
trusted leader for vital communications, offering the most powerful and
extensive portfolio of remote communications products, including mobile and
fixed satellite and microwave services. Stratos' more than 20,000 customers
use our services on seven continents and across the world's oceans. Stratos
serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil
and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users. For
more information visit www.stratosglobal.com.
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For further information: Media Contact: Sue Keith, (703) 980-9802,