Broadband Global Area Network to enable communications in areas where cellular networks are damaged
The Canadian federal government has selected Stratos Global, a provider of mobile and fixed-site remote communications services, to provide a wide range of Inmarsat mobile satellite systems over a multi-year period.
Stratos is a distributor of Inmarsat mobile satellite systems. The contract, valued at C$25m, was awarded to Stratos subsidiary Stratos Wireless by the Information Technology Services Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
The agreement enables Stratos to provide products and services to all departments of the Canadian federal government, including the Department of National Defence, from 2009 through 2011, followed by two additional one-year options, said Stratos.
Among the systems Stratos is providing to the Canadian federal government is Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), a mobile satellite service that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed data and voice connectivity anywhere in the world. According to Stratos, BGAN is suited to enable communications in areas where terrestrial or cellular networks are damaged, congested, or non-existent.
Jim Parm, president and CEO of Stratos, said: This new contract recognizes the high level of service that Stratos has provided to the Canadian federal government in the past and ensures that we can continue to serve all of its important agencies well into the future.