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FleetBroadband from Stratos Supports First European Contract for Electronic Fishing Logbooks

--Integrated solution is migrating 100 Irish fishing vessels to electronic reporting--

Bethesda, Maryland (November 19, 2009) - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it is part of a team that has won the first European contract to migrate fishing vessels from a paper logbook system to electronic recording and reporting.

The contract to fit up to 100 fishing vessels, awarded by Ireland's Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), is seen as a blueprint for the European fishing industry. SFPA selected a solution that included Inmarsat FleetBroadband mobile broadband satellite service from Stratos, Satlink FB250 satellite communications hardware and Sirius IT vCatch e-logbook software.

The solution follows new European Union (EU) legislation designed to capture real-time information on the amount of fish being caught by member states. The goal is to improve the sustainability of the world's fish supplies by ensuring stocks are harvested efficiently. More than 10,000 vessels across Europe are expected to convert to e-logbooks by early 2010.

As an additional benefit, FleetBroadband from Stratos can be used to improve crew welfare by providing fishermen with broadband web access, email, SMS and voice communications - as well as access to the latest news services.

"By working closely with team-leader Satlink, Inmarsat and Sirius, we have engineered a FleetBroadband solution that is ideally suited to meet the demanding requirements of the SFPA and all bodies charged with the long-term future of electronic recording," said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm.

He added, "Today the performance of fisheries management organizations and their control of fisheries are often hamstrung by the latency and inaccuracy of existing paper logbook systems. This integrated solution provides the SFPA with the world's most effective maritime communications service, ensuring the best management strategy for the resources and the industry."

Stratos has activated more than 2,000 FleetBroadband systems across all major geographic regions and vessel types. Customers selecting Stratos as their FleetBroadband provider are attracted to the wide range of value-added services that Stratos offers. Those field-tested services, known as The Stratos Advantage, help ship managers attain the highest possible performance and support from FleetBroadband, at the lowest possible cost.

About FleetBroadband from Stratos
FleetBroadband from Stratos provides cost-effective, high-speed data and voice communications - available simultaneously - at speeds up to 432kpbs. FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides on-demand guaranteed IP data rates, regardless of the vessel's location. The above-deck, stabilized, compact directional antennas are smaller than most existing Inmarsat Fleet products used today.

FleetBroadband from Stratos also helps Stratos continue to provide ship managers with innovative crew-communications solutions, to support the recruitment and retention of well-trained seafarers. For example, FleetBroadband from Stratos is now available with a pre-paid web-browsing solution and other valuable services.

Communications managers will find that FleetBroadband from Stratos can be rapidly deployed across an entire fleet and, as a standard IP service, seamlessly integrated with head-office networks. Terminals operate globally and the user interface is standard across all products. FleetBroadband from Stratos supports any IP service, as well as traditional circuit-switched voice and ISDN data for legacy applications. Terminal costs are relatively low and the network supports all the latest security protocols.

Stratos offers a wide range of value-added services to provide ship managers with optimal communications performance, management control and cost efficiency. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide. In addition to FleetBroadband, Stratos' industry-leading portfolio of maritime broadband satellite services includes Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek.

FleetBroadband from Stratos Features The Stratos Advantage
With the benefit of The Stratos Advantage, FleetBroadband from Stratos is elevated far above baseline FleetBroadband services. The value-added services comprising The Stratos Advantage provide users with cost and traffic control, high-usage metering, firewall management, data optimization, real-time traffic overviews, instant remote provisioning, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and a full IP range. More than 11,500 mobile users in 180 countries already utilize The Stratos Advantage for BGAN, the land-based version of FleetBroadband.

In addition to offering The Stratos Advantage, Stratos works with application partners to deliver broadband business solutions in key maritime business areas. These solutions include voyage management, remote management, IT management and cargo management, which help reduce fuel and operations costs and improve crew and customer satisfaction. Maritime customers can secure more information on FleetBroadband from Stratos by calling their Stratos account manager or by visiting www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com.

About Stratos
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world's oceans. For more information visit www.stratosglobal.com.

For additional information :
Carla Riggs
Director, Corporate Communications
+1 709 748 4857
carla.riggs@stratosglobal.com