Stratos Adds AOS Inc.'s SkyPipe Network Optimization to Enhance Performance of BGAN from Stratos

- SkyPipe is newest value-added service elevating BGAN from Stratos above baseline BGAN services -

BETHESDA, MD, Oct. 15 -- Stratos Global Corp. (TSX: SGB), the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has added AOS Inc.'s SkyPipe network optimization technology to its Stratos Advantage suite of value-added services - further differentiating BGAN from Stratos above baseline BGAN services.

Stratos is one of the world's largest distributors of Inmarsat's BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network), a mobile satellite service that uses lightweight terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice connectivity anywhere in the world. Since its introduction last year, BGAN from Stratos has been widely adopted by military & NGO agencies, media organizations, first responders and professionals in many other industries worldwide.

When powered by Stratos' exclusive SkyPipe public server, the SkyPipe Link Enhancement Hardware Client enhances satellite throughput and maximizes bandwidth efficiency of BGAN from Stratos. The SkyPipe Link Enhancement Hardware Client is a pocket-sized, USB-powered device.

The SkyPipe performance-enhancing proxy (PEP), combined with the hardware client's onboard, on-the-fly compression capabilities, make BGAN from Stratos ideally suited for those who utilize government encryption devices to secure their mobile networks.

Stratos now supports BGAN customers in 185 countries, which cover 95 percent of the BGAN footprint. These customers fully utilize the Stratos Advantage value-added services to make BGAN usage more productive and affordable. The value-added services provide users with cost control, firewall management, full traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and full IP range.

"Since its introduction in 2003, SkyPipe has provided enhanced network connectivity from any laptop via satellite," said AOS Director of Corporate Development Brian Lasagna. "This new agreement with Stratos will help bring the benefits of SkyPipe to a growing number of BGAN users worldwide, especially in the government market."

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "To maintain our position as one of the world's leading BGAN distributors, we continually seek out new solutions that provide our customers with maximum product efficiency and performance. We expect the addition of SkyPipe to our suite of industry-leading Stratos Advantage services will help continue to position Stratos from BGAN as the preferred choice for demanding customers who require the latest high-speed mobile voice/data service."

About AOS, Inc.

Founded in 1988, AOS is a leading provider of highly secure, customized, turnkey network mobility and communications solutions, as well as engineering, program management, IT consulting and managed network services. For more information, visit

About Stratos

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

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