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U.S. firms partner for satcoms

March 8, 2012 at 6:22 AM

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Two U.S. companies are working together to offer Inmarsat-3, -4 and -5 bandwidth communications to potential U.S. government customers.

The collaboration is between Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing Satellite systems International, and Virginia's Artel.

"Boeing's collaboration with Artel reflects our commitment to assisting commercial providers and government users with mutually beneficial access to space," said Craig Cooning, chief executive officer Boeing Satellite Systems International.

"The demand for satellite communications continues to be greater than the supply and distribution relationships such as this one are a creative, affordable solution."

The companies said they are working with potential customers and users to develop Ka-based satellite communications solutions for their unique applications. Inmarsat-3 and -4 services are available and Inmarsat-5 global satellite communications will be available next year.

"This cooperative agreement between Artel and Boeing to provide a global Ka-band SATCOM solution will dramatically expand our capability to provide cost-effective, mission-critical communications to U.S. government customers worldwide," said Artel President Derek Woods.

BCSS works with satellite systems owners to market available bandwidth, while Artel provides telecommunications, network management and IT solutions.

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