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BGAN from Stratos Provides Communications for Balloon Expedition Over Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro

November 16, 2011

BETHESDA, MD, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it successfully provided Inmarsat BGAN
mobile satellite communications service to the Ultramagic Experience
hot air balloon expedition over Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro that ended
August 30th.

The Ultramagic Experience was a 14-day expedition by seven balloons
across Tanzania that featured flight over Kilimanjaro. This is the
first time that BGAN has been used by balloonists. With a peak of
19,327 feet (5,891 meters) Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.

Stratos provided satellite airtime and BGAN technical support to the
expedition. Other expedition partners included Ultramagic, S.A. (www.ultramagic.com), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hot air balloons, and
Stratos Channel Partner PrepaidSatphone (a trademark of Verasat Global
SL; www.prepaidsatphone.com), which provided the expedition with BGAN equipment.

BGAN from Stratos provided reliable voice and data connectivity to the
balloonists during the expedition, which was vital to ensure the safety
of all balloonists. The BGAN connectivity also enabled fans to track
the balloon’s itineraries and view spectacular images taken during
flight – via the expedition’s web site www.ultramagicexperience.com.

“The expert balloonists from all over the world who participated in this
event were very grateful for the support that Stratos provided, and for
the reliable connectivity that was made possible by BGAN. The BGAN
connectivity was especially critical for one balloon crew that was
forced to land high up on Mount Kilimanjaro and was later rescued,”
said Ultramagic General Manager Josep Maria Llado.

Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Stratos Vice President, Global Enterprise Sales
said, “The successful deployment for this event demonstrates BGAN’s
versatility and reliability, even at very high altitudes. It is
gratifying to work with our partners to help ensure the safety of the
balloonists and the completion of this demanding expedition.”

About BGAN from Stratos
Stratos is one of the world’s largest distributors of Inmarsat’s BGAN
(Broadband Global Area Network) service, a mobile satellite offering
that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide video (guaranteed
up to 384 kbps streaming), high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice
connectivity anywhere in the world. Since its introduction in late
2005, BGAN from Stratos has been widely adopted by media organizations,
military agencies, first responders and professionals in many other
industries worldwide. Stratos now boasts more than 17,000 BGAN
activations in 185 countries.

About The Stratos Advantage
Stratos customers fully utilize The Stratos Advantage, a suite of
value-added services that help elevate BGAN 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 a full range of IP options. More
information on BGAN from Stratos is available at www.thepowerofbgan.com.

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.

SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation

Source: PR Newswire