Stratos Introduces StratosNet Accelerator to Help Customers Reduce Airtime Costs

--Free application optimizes Internet use with BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile satellite services--

Bethesda, Maryland (February 17, 2009) - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced the commercial availability of StratosNet Accelerator, a free Internet-optimization application that helps customers reduce airtime costs required to operate BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile satellite services.

StratosNet Accelerator is the latest addition to The Stratos Advantage, a suite of value-added services that make BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband more productive and affordable.

Once downloaded, StratosNet Accelerator operates transparently on the customer's personal computer. By utilizing the latest data-compression techniques, it reduces by more than 80 percent the amount of email, web and FTP data transmitted between terrestrial and mobile terminals. This functionality significantly increases transmission speeds and reduces airtime costs.

Stratos is one of the world's largest distributors of Inmarsat's BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile satellite offerings, which use portable, lightweight terminals to provide simultaneous, high-speed data and voice connectivity anywhere in the world.

StratosNet Accelerator is the ideal companion to ChatCard Data, which enables BGAN and FleetBroadband end users to expand the use of their prepaid ChatCard calling card to include Internet access. StratosNet Accelerator helps end-users get the maximum value for their ChatCard allowance.

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.

For the aviation market, SwiftBroadband from Stratos provides high-performance (up to 432 kbps), secure and reliable access to command-and-control information resources on the ground, facilitating situational awareness. The service enables commercial and private jet passengers to stay in touch with high-speed Internet, email and voice connectivity.

"The introduction of StratosNet Accelerator demonstrates our commitment to minimize the operating cost and maximize the effectiveness of our wide range of mobile satellite services," said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. "By offering the prepaid-Internet feature of ChatCard Data with the Internet-optimization capability of StratosNet Accelerator, we meet end-user demand for an affordable, highly efficient mobile broadband solution."

Parm concluded, "Continually expanding our suite of value-added services helps maintain our strong reputation for customer service and technological innovation."

About The Stratos Advantage
Stratos customers fully utilize The Stratos Advantage, a suite of value-added services that help elevate BGAN from Stratos, FleetBroadband from Stratos and SwiftBroadband from Stratos far above baseline offerings. These value-added services, including Stratos Dashboard, provide users with cost control, firewall management, full traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and full IP range.

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

For additional information :
Carla Riggs
Director, Corporate Communications
+1 709 748 4857