--New plans offer first responders flexible pricing options for
BETHESDA, MD, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global provider
of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions,
today announced the immediate availability of its new BGAN Humanitarian
Pricing plans. The plans offer first responders flexible pricing
options for Inmarsat BGAN satellite communications service.
"Most first-responder organizations have sufficient local-office budgets
for the purchase of BGAN terminals. During emergency events, such as
earthquakes and hurricanes, their satellite airtime is paid by central
funds from the agency's headquarters," said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. "Our new Humanitarian Pricing
plans provide greater flexibility that helps these organizations afford
satellite airtime for important BGAN training and testing applications
that occur outside of event periods."
Inmarsat BGAN Humanitarian Pricing is available in a variety of formats.
Stratos plans are among the most attractive, as they offer a monthly
paid option under an annual commitment. This enables humanitarian
organizations to utilize their monthly operating-expense budgets for
airtime fees, while using the BGAN airtime allowance at any time during
the annual period. The Stratos plans are available for groups with as
few as 10 BGAN units.
BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) uses highly portable, lightweight
terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed IP data (up to 492 kbps)
and voice connectivity anywhere in the world.
In addition to thousands of media organizations, military agencies,
energy companies and remote professionals, many first responders
utilize BGAN from Stratos for communications in areas where terrestrial
or cellular networks are damaged, congested or non-existent. Those
first responders include the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
First responders deploying BGAN make full use of Stratos' value-added
services known as The Stratos Advantage, which enable them to monitor
airtime, restrict unauthorized usage, and manage costs.
Parm concluded, "By combining our flexible Humanitarian Pricing plans
with the effective management of Stratos Dashboard to control BGAN
costs, Stratos offers first responders the world's most economical BGAN
First-responder organizations can learn more about BGAN Humanitarian
Pricing by contacting their Stratos account manager. These new pricing
plans are available to first-responder organizations and humanitarian
agencies on an individual basis and are subject to prior Inmarsat
About BGAN from Stratos
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 is one of the
world's largest BGAN distributors, with more than 14,000 BGAN
activations in 185 countries. Those 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. These value-added services, including
Stratos Dashboard for BGAN, 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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