BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it provided the Inmarsat BGAN broadband
satellite service that enabled Hotmix Radio to stream its live, mobile
show from the Paris Techno Parade on Sept. 17th.
This year's 13th annual Paris Techno Parade featured 150 musicians on 15
floats equipped with loudspeakers playing techno music. More than
100,000 participants lined the three-mile parade route to dance to the
music and view the floats.
Hotmix Radio (www.hotmixradio.fr) is a Paris-based Internet radio portal that offers members a wide
range of music and video content, artist biographies, nightclub
information and chat rooms.
Stratos teamed with its Paris-based Channel Partner Geolink Satellite
Services to provide Hotmix Radio with the BGAN-based radio solution
that included Geolink's new ClipWay Radio encoding/compression
application. ClipWay Radio combines essential functions and services,
including live broadcasting and audio-files transmission, in a single
"BGAN from Stratos enabled us to reliably broadcast more than two hours
of live Techno Parade coverage from our vehicle float in the parade,"
said Hotmix Radio General Manager Olivier Riou. "The service proved
invaluable in this type of environment, where terrestrial and cellular
communications were not feasible."
Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Stratos Vice President, Global Enterprise Sales
said, "BGAN has already proven to be a highly effective broadcasting
tool for major media organizations reporting from disasters and special
events in the world's most remote locations. The mobile BGAN service
now is recognized as a dependable, cost-effective platform to enable
radio stations to bring the live energy of important music festivals to
Geolink Managing Director Christophe Pacilly said, "Anticipating the
phase-out of ISDN, we used the valuable input of major French radio
stations to develop ClipWay Radio, which transmits over IP. Our goal
with ClipWay Radio is to guarantee the quality and clarity of the
broadcast sessions. With this year's Techno Parade, our challenge was
to provide the same guaranteed broadcast quality as ISDN - in a moving
studio. We are happy to report that the ClipWay Radio/BGAN solution
successfully met that challenge."
For more than five years, BGAN from Stratos has enabled many of the
world's largest media organizations to transmit audio and video content
from any remote location. Broadcasters such as the BBC 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.
For any news or entertainment event, broadcasters can 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. Broadcasters 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 17,000 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.
About Geolink Satellite Services
Geolink Satellite Services, a CETel group company, is a leading global
satellite service provider based in Paris. The Company provides a broad
range of services, including Geolink Access, iDirect, VSAT solutions,
teleport services, Iridium, Inmarsat technologies and the ClipWay media
solutions. Geolink serves a broad range of customers, including NGOs,
governmental institutions, oil & gas, mining, media and shipping
companies. The Geolink network extends to nearly 3,500 remote sites in
more than 50 countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East. For
more information, please visit www.geolink.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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