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Stratos Reaches New Milestone with its AmosConnect Maritime Email Service: 250 Million Messages Sent

--Popular application is deployed on more than 20,000 vessels--

Bethesda, Maryland (July 21, 2010) – Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has reached a milestone of 250 million messages sent via its AmosConnect maritime satellite communications service.

The vessel transmitting the milestone message was the Crown Garnet from Wallem Shipmanagement. Wallem deploys AmosConnect on more than 100 vessels.

“Over the years, AmosConnect has proven to be an easy-to-use, robust application that has provided a solid foundation for Wallem Shipmanagement’s business and crew communication needs,” said Ian Parkes, Wallem’s Group Information Systems Manager. “As we continue the transition from telex, fax and email to IP data, GSM and VoIP, the ability to integrate these solutions within a single messaging system will be increasingly important. The facilities being introduced with AmosConnect 8 also will support further integration between vessel and shore at the application level.”

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, “We reached this milestone quicker than anyone expected. This is further proof of our commitment to meet the maritime industry’s need for integrated communications services that help ensure both corporate productivity and crew satisfaction for an ever-growing global population. Today’s news also is testament to our engineers who design and deploy our AmosConnect service, as well as to our customer-service professionals who consistently ensure end-user satisfaction.”

The latest version of AmosConnect from Stratos, AmosConnect 8, was introduced last month. It enhances new broadband IP-based maritime satellite services which include FleetBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT solutions OceanVSAT and StratosITek. Integration with these broadband services enables users to control their sessions and ensure optimal airtime use directly from AmosConnect.

The AmosConnect 8 portal brings all ship-relevant data to one central information page. Also, all service settings are remotely configurable from a central office – thus greatly reducing implementation and support time.

With AmosConnect 8, Stratos expands upon its popular application by delivering StratosNet Accelerator, extended remote configuration, cost allocation and extended message filtering – in addition to enhancing its current features of email messaging, automatic file transfer and data synchronization. These improvements help ensure streamlined operations, cost efficiency and optimization of available bandwidth.

The new AmosConnect 8 optimizes the use of satellite airtime by automatically compressing and caching all transfers. AmosConnect 8 also supports all narrowband satellite connections. Stratos’ new AmosConnect hub platform, featuring ultra-modern hardware technology, has been extensively tested and began operation last month.

About AmosConnect from Stratos
Nearly 20,000 AmosConnect from Stratos licenses have been issued and the service is used by more than 200,000 officers and crewmembers on vessels operated by Wallem Shipmanagement, Dockendale Shipping and the Royal Netherlands Navy, among others. Stratos is the largest supplier of mobile satellite services to the maritime industry, with communications to more than 40,000 maritime terminals worldwide.

About The Stratos Advantage
AmosConnect is one of the key components of The Stratos Advantage, a range of value-added services that provides ship managers with optimal communications performance and cost efficiency. 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 a full range of IP options.

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. More information is available at www.thepowerofmobilebroadband.com/fleetbroadband.

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