joint venture co-funded by mobile satellite communications provider
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT) and digital communications equipment provider
ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) is offering mobile satellite communications
services for the defense sector. The two companies will develop
a new mobile satellite communications terminal, providing secure,
highly mobile voice and high-speed data communications destined
for use by the armed forces.
The new service is targeted specifically at the U.S. and NATO
markets. The terminal will combine Inmarsat’s IP-based
Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) technology with ViaSat
AltaSec IP inline encryption equipment while utilizing the commercially
available Inmarsat network, to create a portable, ruggedized
BGAN user terminal capable of uplinking IP data fully compliant
with HAIPE version 1.3.5 Type 1 security standards.
BGAN mobile satellite communications service delivers simultaneous
voice and broadband IP data to users anywhere on the globe utilizing
highly portable devices. It supports mobile broadband data at
speeds up to half-a-megabit per second, as well as guaranteed
IP data rates up to 256 kbps. Engineers from both companies
have already successfully demonstrated the compatibility of
using the BGAN service with ViaSat KG-250 Type-1 High Assurance
Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Standard (HAIPE
IS) compliant encryption products over the new constellation
of Inmarsat advanced broadband satellites, the Inmarsat-4s.