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Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:07

Cisco and Inmarsat team to make broadband video ubiquitous


Global satellite operator Inmarsat and Cisco have formed an alliance to enable the delivery of high definition video over future Inmarsat satellite services that will also see Cisco becoming a provider of satellite connectivity for its Telepresence HD videoconferencing service.

The two have created "a unique long-term alliance" that will enable Inmarsat to deliver business collaboration, video and multimedia content over its planned satellite broadband network, Global Xpress (GX).

Inmarsat announced plans for Global Xpress in August 2010 saying that it would deliver speeds of up to 50Mbps to mobile customers and would be the first global Ka band satellite system designed specifically to provide broadband services to the aviation market and would be able to deliver 50Mpbs services to a ship or aircraft, and 10Mbps to an antenna the size of an iPad.

Cisco will provide Inmarsat with a satellite applications service delivery platform and an access network for Global Xpress and will develop a router for satellite network end-users that will work with Global Xpress and with Inmarsat's current Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service that provides services at up to 0.5Mbps.

Cisco will build, operate the manage the network before transferring it to Inmarsat and will use its software stacks of Service Delivery Platform and Prime to support the delivery of voice, video, cloud application services and high speed Internet access.

Inmarsat will become a global partner for Cisco and both companies say they will bring their combined service capabilities to Inmarsat's value added resellers around the globe.

Rob Lloyd, Cisco's president, development and sales, said: "Imagine watching on demand TV in an aircraft, using TelePresence on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, or accessing cost effective HD TV broadcasting from any location. We are truly excited about the possibilities this unique alliance creates."

Inmarsat CEO, Rupert Pearce added: "Inmarsat will benefit tremendously from Cisco technology and distribution reach and Cisco will be able to provide connectivity for its services and products anytime, anywhere. We are going to foster a new satellite applications development environment that should provide great opportunities for our distributors, our customers and our companies."

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