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March 14th, 2010

CapRock — Secure SATCOM With X-Band Military Features

CapRock Government Solutions has expanded coverage on its pre-packaged satellite subscription service, CommandAccess™ with the finalization of its commercial X-band network with military-grade features for secure voice, video, and data communications. Service on the government-only frequency will create new communications options for field-deployed government agencies, offering unique features including a network built on military hardened satellites that is fully MAC I compliant, with optional connections to secure private networks.

The service supports Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) certified terminals and enables customers to utilize existing remote field equipment or approved commercial satellite equipment on the CapRock network. In addition to military-grade features, CommandAccess also offers service level assurances (SLAs) not available from other commercial subscription services. Most pre-packaged satellite communications services only disclose an “up to” speed, with actual performance often falling short of advertised data rates.  By contrast, CommandAccess is the only portable satellite subscription service to offer Minimum Service Levels that guarantee the user’s actual connection speed.  CommandAccess is offered as a “flat fee” service, compared with most satellite services that charge a “per minute” or “per megabyte” fee of several dollars per transmission — so CommandAccess gives customers better budget and financial controls over their programs. 

CapRock’s Ku- and C-band networks went online earlier this year to support U.S. government customers with a number of mission-critical operations including disaster recovery efforts in Haiti, and counterterrorism and foreign policy missions. CommandAccess was unveiled just three months ago as the industry’s first military-grade commercial satellite subscription service. The suite of pre-packaged and customized communications solutions connects very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to the Internet, public switched telephone network (PSTN), and secure government networks. CapRock experts will be on hand in booth 811 at the SATELLITE 2010 Conference from March 16-18 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland to discuss how the commercial-off-the-shelf service has enabled improved real-time situational awareness, intelligence gathering and tactical decision-making for deployed field personnel.