Inmarsat, one of the globe’s leading satellite operators, and Cisco - a multinational company focused on networking systems - recently announced their partnership that would enable the satcom provider to deliver more advanced communications services using its high-throughput satellite broadband network, the Global Xpress (GX).
The long-term business alliance will see Cisco delivering to Inmarsat cutting-edge platforms for an array of satellite applications services. The networking equipment company, currently headquartered in San Jose, California, will also provide the satellite operator high performance access network for the GX programme, the world’s first global Ka band network with mobile connectivity. Aside from the state-of-the-art access platforms to meet Inmarsat’s service needs, Cisco will also engineer a router utilizing the present Broadband Global Area Network for end-users of Inmarsat’s end users.
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The partnership also include Cisco developing, building and operating the network systems before transferring it to Inmarsat. Cisco will be using its Prime software stacks, as well as its high-tech Service Delivery Platform to optimized Inmarsat’s integrated platforms (GX/BGAN), allowing for new broadband applications for voice and video, as well as high speed Internet from satellite access and cloud services.
According to Inmarsat’s CEO Rupert Pearce, the alliance with Cisco showcases the satellite company’s desire to offer services beyond satellite connectivity as part of its business strategy. Inmarsat announced that the integrated platforms and satellite network router are scheduled for service introduction by 2014. Upon the project’s official rollout, Inmarsat sees an increase in bandwidth capacity and data rates, alongside improved cost-efficiency of its unique Ka-band and L-band network.
The satellite broadband services is also expected to be comparable, and thus compete, to traditional terrestrial communications infrastructure, allowing for more mobile applications services and broadcasting technology even in remote regions.
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