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May 9th, 2017

COMSAT's Blanket Purchase Agreement with DoD Supports Global Communication Activities

COMSAT today announced the award of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to support global communication activities with Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) and Global Xpress capability. This commercial offering is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based mobile communication service providing users with an integrated solution for voice, broadband data and streaming video at high-speed data rates through the use of hand-held or portable satellite terminals.

As an Inmarsat value added reseller, COMSAT will meet the DoD’s mobile, interoperable communication needs worldwide by delivering the capabilities of Inmarsat’s fully managed, easy-to-use mobile satellite services to support mission-critical connectivity. Under this BPA, any government user will have easy ordering access to quickly establish worldwide connectivity with either BGAN or Global Xpress SATCOM as a Service, under a variety of data rate plans and even Global Xpress terminals. They will also be able to tailor terrestrial backhaul to their point of presence. COMSAT has built out a secure terrestrial network that interconnects Inmarsat's infrastructure to its own global core Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. The network supports Non-classified Internet Protocol Router/Secret Internet Protocol Router (NIPR/SIPR) services over the Inmarsat Global Xpress and BGAN network and enables the DoD to deploy globally with a robust information assurance posture.

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress, is an end-to-end commercial Ka-band network from a single operator that delivers worldwide service, and its market leading mobile satellite BGAN capability were built with government users in mind and deliver resilient, flexible and scalable alternatives for US government to augment its military satellite communications in both L-band and Ka-band, whenever needed.          

“COMSAT is proud to be selected to support the warfighter with Inmarsat services to include the latest Global Xpress offering that brings secure high-speed data to our deployed forces projecting power across the globe,” said David Greenhill, President of COMSAT. “The selection of COMSAT by DITCO emphasizes the customer focus and engineering prowess of the COMSAT team.”