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October 08, 2012

Cisco News - Cisco to Provide Satellite Application Delivery Platform for Inmarsat

By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Communication service providers have to provide 100 percent reliability at all times in order to keep their customers happy. To achieve this companies go to great lengths with redundancy systems for all of the critical systems, but sometimes even with these systems in place things go wrong. Inmarsat (News - Alert) is a company that provides high-speed data communication services that can be used on land, sea and in the air with a global mobile satellite solution. With several satellites in orbit the company still needs a better solution to ensure the platform they use will always be up and running. The collaboration with Cisco (News - Alert) gives them state-of-the-art satellite application service delivery platform.

The Cisco platform delivers advanced services over the GlobalXpress (GX) high-throughput satellite broadband network and the first Ka-band (satellite transmission frequency) network with the capability of mobile connectivity. Along with the platform, a router for the networks of satellites for end-user will be created. This will give Inmarsat the capability of delivering voice, video, cloud applications and high speed Internet access on planes, ships, land and moving vehicles around the world.

Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat plc, said, "Through these agreements with Cisco we are providing world-class infrastructure as a platform for our partners and us to offer services beyond pure satellite connectivity and this is a key aspect of our strategy for the future."

As more airlines and other transport vehicles start offering Internet, Wi-Fi and other Web related services, the GX/BGAN integrated platform will give Inmarsat and many of the companies it provides solutions to  new opportunities.

"The collaboration between Inmarsat and Cisco truly augments Cisco's vision of any device, anytime, anywhere.  Imagine watching on demand TV in an aircraft, using TelePresence on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, or accessing cost effective HD TV broadcasting from any location. We are truly excited about the possibilities this unique alliance creates," said Rob Lloyd, president, Development and Sales, Cisco.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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