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JSAT MOBILE is Granted License to Offer BGAN and FleetBroadband Services in Japan

Bethesda, Maryland (February 18, 2009) - Stratos Global Corporation (Stratos) today announced that JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc. (JSAT MOBILE) has been granted a radio license by the Kanto Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The license authorizes JSAT MOBILE to offer Inmarsat BGAN and FleetBroadband mobile satellite communications services in Japan and on Japanese-registered vessels.

The license is effective from February 17, ensuring that JSAT MOBILE is prepared when Inmarsat's I-4 F3 satellite becomes operational as scheduled on February 24. On that date, Inmarsat will begin offering full global coverage for BGAN and FleetBroadband, adding Pacific Ocean coverage to its existing coverage of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Stratos formed the joint venture company JSAT MOBILE in August with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT) to serve the mobile satellite communications needs of Japanese businesses and government agencies. Stratos is a leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions. SKY Perfect JSAT is a leading satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region. Other shareholders in JSAT MOBILE include FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd. and Japan Radio Co., Ltd.

Inmarsat's BGAN and FleetBroadband mobile satellite offerings use portable, lightweight terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed data and voice connectivity anywhere in the world.

BGAN from Stratos (with data speeds up to 492 kbps) is ideally suited to enable land-mobile communications in areas where terrestrial or cellular networks are damaged, congested, non-existent or too difficult to deploy. Stratos now boasts more than 10,000 BGAN activations for military & NGO agencies, media organizations, first responders and professionals in many other industries in 185 countries worldwide.

For the maritime market, FleetBroadband from Stratos provides on-demand guaranteed IP data rates (up to 432 kbps), regardless of the vessel's location. Stratos has activated hundreds of FleetBroadband terminals for commercial, military and leisure vessels.

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "With the necessary licenses in place, JSAT MOBILE can now begin using its strong local team to meet the growing Japanese demand for the very latest mobile satellite services."

About JSAT MOBILE
JSAT MOBILE brings Stratos' extensive portfolio of mobile satellite services, including both Inmarsat and Iridium services, to the Japanese market. The Stratos portfolio includes a wide range of value-added services to help customers achieve optimal communications performance and cost efficiency.

About SKY Perfect JSAT
SKY Perfect JSAT is Japan's first private-sector satellite operator. Founded in 1985, it has become the largest satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region, with 12 satellites covering Asia, Oceania, Hawaii and North America. SKY Perfect JSAT's mission is to support businesses and enhance the daily lives of consumers through the use of satellite communications. To achieve this mission, the Company provides a wide range of services, including satellite TV platform SKY PerfecTV! and SKY PerfecTV!e2. The Company also provides video transmission and data communications services for corporations, as well as services that help bridge the digital divide for public-service organizations and government agencies. For more information visit www.sptvjsat.com/en/.

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. Stratos is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.

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