Service integrates vessel-, shore-based office applications.

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Enhancing broadband IP-based maritime satellite services, AmosConnect v8.0 seamlessly integrates email, fax, telex, GSM text, interoffice communication, and access for mobile personnel into one messaging system. It also supports all narrowband satellite connections. Along with email messaging, automatic file transfer, and data synchronization, features such as web acceleration, FTP acceleration, extended remote configuration, and extended message filtering help streamline operations.



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Next Generation of AmosConnect from Stratos Enhances Broadband Connectivity for Vessels at Sea



-Service upgrade helps new broadband services to ensure crew welfare and business efficiency-

BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 22 -- Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced AmosConnect 8.0, the next generation of its popular AmosConnect service.

The popular AmosConnect from Stratos service integrates vessel and shore-based office applications. It is an easy-to-use, yet highly sophisticated service that seamlessly integrates email, fax, telex, GSM text, interoffice communication, and access for mobile personnel into a single messaging system.

AmosConnect 8.0 enhances new broadband IP-based maritime satellite services which include FleetBroadband, the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek and the soon-to-be-available Iridium OpenPort. AmosConnect 8.0 also supports all narrowband satellite connections.

With AmosConnect 8.0, Stratos expands upon its popular service by delivering web acceleration, FTP acceleration, extended remote configuration, cost allocation, and extended message filtering in addition to its current features of email messaging, automatic file transfer, and data synchronization - helping to ensure streamlined operations, cost efficiency and optimization of available bandwidth.

Nearly 20,000 AmosConnect from Stratos licenses have been issued and the service is used by more than 200,000 officers and crewmembers. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide.

Stratos completed replacement of its AmosConnect hub platform with ultra-modern hardware technology and, after extensive testing, expects to begin operation later this month. New vessel-side software is in development and is expected to be introduced in November. Upgrading to AmosConnect 8.0 will be easy for the thousands of vessels that are using AmosConnect from Stratos for their daily communications.

AmosConnect is one of the foundations of the Stratos Advantage, a range of value-added services that provides ship managers with optimal communications performance and cost efficiency. AmosConnect 8.0 is also available in configurations for land-mobile customers using BGAN from Stratos and aeronautical customers using SwiftBroadband from Stratos.

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "AmosConnect 8.0 brings AmosConnect into the broadband era. Its modular, flexible design ensures it will meet both present and future maritime application requirements. It is the latest example of our ongoing efforts to improve crew welfare and business efficiency for ship managers and ship owners."

Parm added, "This service upgrade demonstrates our commitment to maximize the effectiveness of broadband communications at sea via FleetBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and maritime VSAT solutions, on land via BGAN and in the air via SwiftBroadband."

About Stratos

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. For more information visit www.stratosglobal.com.

CONTACT: Carla Riggs, Director, Marketing Communications, Ph. (709) 748-4857, carla.riggs@stratosglobal.com

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