Inmarsat today announced that Shared Services Canada (SSC) will deploy FleetBroadband and new Assured Access service that will provide worldwide coverage for 29 Canadian naval vessels.The contract to provide these services to Government of Canada is now under the responsibility of SSC. The Government of Canada established SSC in August 2011 to consolidate its data centers, telecommunications and email systems.
Deployment of these services to the Canadian Navy started in October 2012. FleetBroadband will provide the ships with global broadband connectivity while at sea – for email, internet and data services and voice communications. Since Inmarsat introduced FleetBroadband in 2007, it has been deployed on more than 30,000 commercial and government vessels worldwide.
Inmarsat's new Assured Access service grants government customers priority access to Inmarsat satellite network resources via their Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs). Assured Access subscribers are guaranteed a specific grade of FleetBroadband, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) or SwiftBroadband service within pre-defined geographic areas, thereby assuring capacity and network access will be available during contingencies and crises.
Andy Start, President of Inmarsat Global Government, said, “This deployment demonstrates our ability to meet the rapidly evolving communications requirements of one of the world's most advanced naval forces. We are grateful for this continued confidence to meet the Canadian government's exacting performance criteria, and to deliver the critical communications capabilities they need.”
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Inmarsat's BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) service, a mobile satellite offering that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide video (guaranteed up to 384 kbps streaming), high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice connectivity anywhere in the world. FleetBroadband is the maritime version while SwiftBroadband is the aeronautical version of BGAN and they both provide cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications – available simultaneously – at speeds up to 432kbps.
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. For the year ended 31st December 2011, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,409m and an EBITDA of US$854m. For the six months ended 30 June 2012, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$684m and an EBITDA of US$381m. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com/about.