For Immediate Release:
Stratos Announces Commercial Availability of Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband Maritime
--Royal Netherlands Navy begins field trial of FleetBroadband from Stratos, making it the first organization to
Bethesda, Maryland (November 19, 2007) – Stratos Global Corp. (TSX: SGB), the leading global provider of
advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced the commercial availability of
its new maritime broadband satellite communications solution based on Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service.
FleetBroadband from Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship managers with optimal
communications performance and cost efficiency.
Stratos also announced it has begun a FleetBroadband field trial with its long-standing customer, the Royal
Netherlands Navy (RNLN). The field trial establishes the RNLN as the first organization to activate the
FleetBroadband service. The three-month field trial is being conducted onboard the RNLN Van Kinsbergen in
Western European waters, including the Western Baltic.
“We believe the field trial of FleetBroadband from Stratos will provide the RNLN with an excellent opportunity to
evaluate the benefits of this new high-performance service in a wide variety of deep- water conditions,” said
Lieutenant (RNLN) S.H. Veenstra, commanding officer of the Van Kinsbergen. “High-speed connectivity has
become vital in today’s naval world. This enhanced communication will also help elevate the quality of education
and training to new levels.”
Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more
than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. FleetBroadband from Stratos represents an extension of Stratos’
maritime communications portfolio, which includes a wide range of VSAT and GSM solutions.
Last week, Stratos expanded its maritime portfolio with the addition of GSM Oceanwide, a dedicated, global GSM
service for crewmembers and officers of merchant ships. It is the first service – using Inmarsat satellites –
enabling seafarers to utilize their existing mobile phones onboard merchant ships in deep ocean waters, exactly as
they would in port or on land.
Last month, Stratos announced it had reached the milestone of 100 million messages sent via its AmosConnect
maritime satellite communications services. AmosConnect from Stratos is an easy-to-use, yet highly sophisticated
email service that seamlessly integrates email, fax, telex, GSM text, interoffice communication and access for
mobile personnel into a single messaging system. AmosConnect Crew is an all-in-one communication solution for
crewmembers. Combining AmosConnect and ChatCard, AmosConnect Crew enables personnel at sea to stay in
contact with home via calling, email and SMS at low-cost rates.
FleetBroadband is the maritime version of Inmarsat’s successful Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service.
Since its introduction in 2005, BGAN has been widely adopted for land-mobile applications by military and NGO
agencies, media organizations, first responders and professionals in many other industries worldwide.
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FleetBroadband from Stratos provides cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications – available
simultaneously – at speeds up to 432kpbs. FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed IP
data rates, regardless of the vessel’s location. FleetBroadband from Stratos uses stabilized, compact directional
antennas, which vary in size and weight. The above-deck antennas are smaller than most existing Inmarsat Fleet
products used today.
Communications managers will find that FleetBroadband from Stratos can be rapidly deployed across an entire
fleet and, as a standard IP service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals operate globally
and the user interface is standard across all products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP services, as
well as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy applications. Terminal costs are relatively low
and the network will support all the latest security protocols.
FleetBroadband from Stratos Features the Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of the Stratos Advantage, FleetBroadband from Stratos is elevated far above baseline
FleetBroadband services. The value-added services comprising the Stratos Advantage provide users with cost and
traffic control, firewall management, data optimization, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging
services and full IP range. More than 4,000 mobile users in 180 countries already utilize the Stratos Advantage for
In addition to offering the Stratos Advantage, Stratos will work with application partners to deliver broadband
business solutions in key maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management, remote
management, IT management and cargo management, which help reduce fuel and operations costs and improve
crew and customer satisfaction.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, “With FleetBroadband from Stratos now available, we can begin to fulfill
significant market demand for a solution that provides optimal performance, along with cost efficiency and first-
rate security and support. The addition of this important service enables Stratos to offer the industry’s most
extensive portfolio of maritime communications and value-added services.”
FleetBroadband from Stratos is available to end-users and Stratos channel partners in several attractive pricing
packages, including group pricing, on-demand pricing and pre-paid pricing. Maritime customers can secure more
information on FleetBroadband from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager or by visiting
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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