Inmarsat and iOra join forces to deliver content in Africa

Inmarsat have joined forces to offer Inmarsat distribution partners and customers a new and better way of delivering content to the network edge. Tailored to meet the needs of customers operating in remote locations such as Africa, the combined Inmarsat and iOra BGAN Geo-Replicator offering enables organisations to more efficiently deliver content – whether it be email or bandwidth-hungry files transferred using SharePoint, or other applications – to branch offices, project sites and other remote users. With the BGAN Geo-Replicator, remote users benefit by having access to new applications and web portals that would otherwise only be available at the central or hub office.

The BGAN Geo-Replicator solution is targeted at organisations around the world operating in the construction, oil, gas, offshore, mining, NGO, maritime and defence sectors that require resilient and reliable real-time broadband connectivity allied to a cost effective means to deliver content across online platforms and web portals.

“Our clients can now further benefit from Inmarsat's market-leading BGAN platform by combining it with the capabilities of iOra's Geo-Replicator,”commented Alastair Bovim, Managing Director, Inmarsat Africa, “Its patented differencing and compression technology greatly reduces the volume of content organisations have to send over a given connection and with its unique virtualisation technology, organisations can replicate websites, portals and SharePoint to users in places where communications are disconnected, unreliable and slow. For example, for military customers, enabling teams in the field to have access to information is vital. With Geo-Replicator mission-critical information can be easily delivered from HQ to operational and mobile command teams in the field.”

Nick Bradshaw, Director at Complexus, iOra's reseller in Africa, said, “iOra Geo-Replicator compliments Inmarsat's BGAN platform perfectly. The combined solution is ideal for existing or new BGAN clients who have been grappling with the complexity of delivering content from HQ to their remote branch and project offices. The return on investment of this combined solution is compelling, and with the ease of use of both technologies, companies can quickly deploy it with minimal training and set up overhead”.

BGAN is delivered over Inmarsat's proven L-band network, guaranteeing that a connection can be maintained even during extreme weather conditions, making it ideally suited for typical office applications. iOra's technology is proven in a wide range of deployments for delivery of business and mission critical data in maritime, government and defence sectors.

To learn more, and to meet Inmarsat executives at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012: 19-21 Sept, in Pretoria, please contact a member of the media relations team using the contacts below.

For further information

 

Inmarsat
Cynthia Ritchie
Vice President, Marketing Communications
+44 (20) 7728 1564
cynthia.ritchie@inmarsat.com

 

iOra
Amy Redhead

+44 (0) 20 7242 8867
iora@aspectuspr.com

About iOra

iOra's patented replication technology supports the delivery of critical operation data throughout the enterprise, even for remotely located personnel at the network edge with limited connectivity. Successfully deployed on tens of thousands of machines by customers in sectors such as mining, oil, gas, construction, audit, NGOs, maritime and defence, iOra delivers data replication over bandwidths as low as 2kbps and to disconnected users. For over 12 years iOra has been replicating SharePoint, and a wide variety of other applications, from ship to shore, intranet to extranet, head office to remote workers, and from headquarters to the operational frontline. iOra is a Microsoft Gold Partner for Portals and Collaborations competency. Our distributor and consulting partner in South Africa is Complexus. www.complexus.co.za +27 227720879.

About Inmarsat

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.

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