08 October 2015: Inmarsat demonstrated its ongoing commitment to support government communications needs worldwide by providing essential capability for both real-time crisis, as well as emergency response preparedness and training, in the recent Pacific Endeavor exercise.
The event was co-hosted by U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and the Armed Forces of The Philippines (AFP) J6 and took place in Manila, Philippines between 31 August and 11 September.
Military representatives from 21 Pacific nations also took part in SatCom Endeavor, a part of Exercise Pacific Capstone event, to jointly train and learn about the latest satellite communications capabilities.
This type of exercise is critical to the success and preparation for the next humanitarian aid disaster response (HA/DR) situation.
As part of this training, Inmarsat executives provided an overview of the company’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) and Global Satellite Phone Service (GSPS). These services deliver a valuable ‘First In’ SATCOM capability, to first responders entering a disaster area based on its voice quality, small size, global coverage and ease of use.
Underscoring its commitment to meeting and serving the mission-critical communications needs of the first responder community, Inmarsat also offers Global Xpress to deliver end-to-end, seamless, ‘SATCOM as a Service’ capability.
Supported by the only commercial worldwide Ka-band constellation built for mobility, it provides high-throughput communications solutions to government users that can take advantage of its ease-of-use, portability and reliability.
“Global Xpress ensures that first responders have the needed high-speed wideband connectivity throughout any disaster relief effort, making Inmarsat the ‘First In, Last Out’ SATCOM capability of choice,” said Lizzie Greenwood, Inmarsat’s Business Development Director Asia Pacific, Global Government.
“Inmarsat has a proven track record with more than 35 years of experience in delivering mobile satellite communications capabilities to first responders,” said Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Market Development, U.S. Government.
“Our customers often have less than 72 hours of notice before moving into an unknown geographic location under very challenging conditions. BGAN is the established ‘capability of choice’ because of its portability and global mobility.
“As the HA/DR mission expands and connectivity needs increase, they now have Global Xpress to deliver the demanded high-throughput connectivity with the same benefits of smaller size, ease of use and worldwide mobility.”
Inmarsat’s portfolio of reliable, managed satellite communications services help overcome the hazards of both natural and man-made catastrophes. The company offers both voice and data access so responders can assess damage, rescue victims and call for support.
They acquire instant phone, broadband and wideband services in critically-hit areas – regions where other communications options have failed – using equipment that is as easy to use as a standard cell phone, and often small and light enough to store in a backpack.
To see participants training on Inmarsat’s BGAN terminals follow the link.