Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA) has signed an agreement with leading government satellite connectivity provider COMSAT to establish a common global service offering of Ku-band very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for the government and maritime markets, the company said.
The combined network will leverage Speedcast´s greater than 8 GHz of global satellite capacity and COMSAT´s security-cleared teleports in the United States to deliver a robust, secure network for customers needing advanced, resilient connectivity for critical operations.
COMSAT will provide teleport and hosting services at their owned teleports in various US sites, as well as hands-on technical and engineering assistance to help interconnect and migrate network segments. Through over 50 years of serving government customers requiring critical communications, COMSAT brings expertise in solution development, architecture design and service delivery support.
Through this partnership, government customers will have access to the largest private iDirect Bandwidth network accessed from teleports and terrestrial nodes in NATO/Five Eyes nations. Support staff and facilities are Information Assurance (IA) certified and cleared, ensuring necessary security for government furnished equipment (GFE) baseband. Commercial customers will benefit from the cost and operational efficiencies of highly scalable service plans and access to the world´s largest iDirect network, combined with superior customer support and network security measures.
With a direct lineage from the COMSAT organization created by the Communications Satellite Act of 1962, COMSAT has played an important role in the SATCOM industry from its inception to present day.
Some of COMSAT´s key milestones include being a founding member of Intelsat operating the Marisat fleet network that provided the first mobile satellite communications services to the United States Navy. COMSAT also founded Inmarsat´s initial operating system from the company´s two earth stations. COMSAT delivers a full portfolio of satellite solutions in C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) as well as Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium services to US civilian and military agencies for their most critical missions.
Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, COMSAT is a trusted leader in the design and delivery of customized, secure, managed end-to-end (ME2E) satellite services for aeronautical, land, and maritime service environments.
Speedcast International provides remote communication and IT solutions. The company utilizes an extensive worldwide footprint of local support, infrastructure and coverage to design, integrate, secure and optimize networks tailored to customer needs. With differentiated technology, an intense customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 2,000 customers in over 140 countries via 39 teleports, including offshore rigs and cruise ships, 10,000+ maritime vessels and 4,500+ terrestrial sites. Speedcast supports mission-critical applications in industries such as maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, media, cruise and government.