Stratos Manages First Activation of Inmarsat's IsatPhone Pro

Jul 01, 2010, 02:00 ET from Stratos Global Corporation

- Stratos begins filling thousands of orders from customers eager to deploy new handheld phone with The Stratos Advantage self-provisioning, monitoring and control capabilities -

BETHESDA, MD, July 1 /PRNewswire/ - Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has managed its first activation of the IsatPhone Pro, Inmarsat's new handheld satellite phone. Stratos today began fulfilling more than 2,000 advance orders worldwide for the IsatPhone Pro, which is the first product in the Inmarsat Global Satellite Phone Services (GSPS) family.

The first IsatPhone Pro activation was managed for the Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM) by Outfitter Satellite (www.outfittersatellite.com), a Stratos Channel Partner based in Nashville, Tenn.

"We selected the IsatPhone Pro from Stratos because we needed a portable, hand-held unit to supplement our transportable and vehicle-mounted communications systems. For certain security and emergency situations, we must be able to hand an IsatPhone Pro unit to a responder who may be assigned to any region in the country - without worrying about coverage," said Jack D. Cobb, Communications Manager, Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs Division of Emergency Management.

Cobb added, "We will use the IsatPhone Pro under our Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) deployments and also to support executive security needs and other response situations - both statewide and potentially nationwide. Our applications require the strong background, technical capability and support that the Inmarsat satellite system brings to emergency communications."

Customers using the IsatPhone Pro from Stratos benefit from The Stratos Advantage, a wide range of value-added services that ensure optimal communications performance and cost efficiency. The foundation of The Stratos Advantage is Stratos Dashboard, which enables customers to manage their use of satellite airtime by providing real-time information on voice and data traffic used, with associated costs.

Stratos Dashboard further enhances the user experience of the IsatPhone Pro by providing instant provisioning, as well as rebilling and reporting options to minimize unexpected invoices and potential financial risk. Stratos Dashboard supports both postpaid and prepaid rate-plan options.

Outfitter Satellite managed the instant online activation of the IsatPhone Pro for CDEM via Stratos Dashboard.

Outfitter Satellite Founder & President Jim McKinley said, "It is a privilege to help Stratos manage their first IsatPhone Pro activation. The new service will provide our customers with reliable, high-quality voice connectivity in the most remote locations - to help ensure optimal productivity and safety. Moreover, The Stratos Advantage applications will help make the IsatPhone Pro easy to use and efficient to own."

Inmarsat GSPS' full global coverage is made possible by the latest-generation Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellites, which are among the world's largest and most advanced communications satellites. The I-4s were designed with IP communications in mind and are optimized to deliver high-quality and dependable data communications, well into the 2020s.

"Our global facilities are now beginning to fulfill the large, advance sales commitments for the IsatPhone Pro that we have received over the past few months," said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. "With our extensive testing phase successfully completed, we look forward to meeting the strong demand for this reliable service. We are grateful for the confidence our customers are showing in our affordable satellite-phone solution that is backed by innovative value-added services to ensure the best possible performance."

About Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos

Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos offers a competitive alternative to the handheld, fixed and maritime phone solutions now available in the marketplace. The services offer high-quality voice connectivity via small, affordable equipment - ideal for remote workers in the energy, mining, government, media and first-responder communities. More information is available at www.stratosglobal.com/isatphonepro.

About The Stratos Advantage

Stratos Dashboard is used by many Stratos customers who deploy Inmarsat BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile broadband satellite services. Stratos Dashboard is expected to be widely used worldwide by customers who will be deploying Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos. The Stratos Advantage 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. More information on The Stratos Advantage is available at www.stratosglobal.com.

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. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.

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