Inmarsat value added reseller COMSAT has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to support global communication activities with Inmarsat Global Xpress and Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) services, Inmarsat announced May 24.
This commercial offering is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based mobile communication service providing users with an integrated solution for voice, data and streaming video at high-speed data rates through the use of hand-held or portable satellite terminals.
COMSAT will meet the DoD’s mobile, interoperable communication needs worldwide by delivering the capabilities of Inmarsat’s fully managed, easy-to-use mobile satellite services to support mission-critical connectivity.
Under this BPA, any government user will have easy ordering access to quickly establish worldwide connectivity with either BGAN or Global Xpress SATCOM as a Service, under a variety of data rate plans and Global Xpress terminals.
They will also be able to tailor terrestrial backhaul to their point of presence. COMSAT has built out a secure terrestrial network that interconnects Inmarsat’s infrastructure to its own global core Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network.
The network supports Non-classified Internet Protocol Router/Secret Internet Protocol Router (NIPR/SIPR) services over the Global Xpress and BGAN networks and enables the DoD to deploy globally with a robust information assurance posture.
Award-winning Global Xpress, the first and only end-to-end commercial Ka-band network from a single operator that delivers worldwide service, and market leading mobile satellite service BGAN, were built with government users in mind.
Both services deliver resilient, flexible and scalable alternatives for U.S. government to augment its military satellite communications in both Ka-band and L-band, wherever and whenever needed.
“COMSAT is proud to be selected to support the warfighter with Inmarsat services to include the latest Global Xpress offering that brings secure high speed data to our deployed forces projecting power across the globe,” said David Greenhill, president of COMSAT.