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Based on Intelsat's Network Broadband Global Maritime Service, OceanVSAT offers continuous communications at bandwidth rates of 128-512 kbps. Automatic Beam Switching system maintains site's Internet session while vessel is underway, and Global Network Monitoring System lets users monitor all remote locations from single monitoring site at any location. It is suited for maritime fleet managers seeking high-bandwidth global data and voice connectivity, regardless of their location.




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Stratos Introduces Global Maritime Satellite Service



OceanVSAT from Stratos offers always-on broadband connectivity

New Stratos solution results from agreement to distribute Intelsat's Network Broadband Global Maritime Service

BETHESDA, MD, Feb. 26 -- Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced the commercial availability of its OceanVSAT from Stratos global maritime broadband satellite communications solution.

OceanVSAT from Stratos is the latest addition to Stratos' industry-leading suite of maritime broadband satellite services, which includes FleetBroadband from Stratos and StratosITek. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide.

Based on Intelsat's Network Broadband Global Maritime Service, OceanVSAT from Stratos offers new levels of bandwidth capabilities to the merchant marine industry and global naval forces. It is ideally suited for maritime fleet managers seeking high-bandwidth global data and voice connectivity, regardless of their location.

As a distribution partner for Intelsat's C-Band Network Broadband Global Maritime Service, Stratos offers its new OceanVSAT solution to provide continuous communications at high-powered bandwidth rates of 128kbps to 512kbps. In addition, OceanVSAT from Stratos offers always-on broadband access that provides customers with continuous bandwidth for a fixed monthly fee. As part of the new service, Stratos also offers customer network management, application support and installation, and maintenance of remote terminals on vessels.

OceanVSAT from Stratos incorporates two important features that meet fleet managers' demands for communications flexibility and persistency. The first is an integrated Automatic Beam Switching system, which seamlessly transfers service between Intelsat's satellites and maintains a site's Internet session while the vessel is underway - eliminating the need for complex and costly manual intervention such as the re-pointing of antennas. The second feature, Intelsat's Global Network Monitoring System, offers customers the ability to monitor all remote locations from a single monitoring site at any location desired by the customer.

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "The introduction of OceanVSAT from Stratos demonstrates our commitment to the evolving application requirements of the global maritime industry and the corresponding need for always-on broadband connectivity. The addition of this important service enables Stratos to offer the industry's most extensive portfolio of maritime communications and value-added services."

Intelsat Vice President, Network Services Jay Yass said, "Intelsat's Network Broadband Global Maritime Service is advancing communications for the maritime industry. The addition of Stratos as one of our leading service distribution partners gives additional government, oil and gas, industrial, and maritime users the opportunity to take advantage of this industry-leading communications platform."

Fleet managers deploying OceanVSAT from Stratos will also have the opportunity to utilize Stratos' popular maritime value-added services AmosConnect and AmosConnect Crew. 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 that enhances crew satisfaction and welfare onboard the vessel. 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.

Maritime customers can secure more information on OceanVSAT from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager or by visiting www.stratosglobal.com.

About Stratos
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. With more than a century of service, 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. For more information visit www.stratosglobal.com.

Source: Stratos Global Corporation

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