Inmarsat recruits Sun for broadband system

Satellite mobile operator, Inmarsat, has struck a deal with Sun Microsystems to use the vendor’s Java enterprise system as the business support infrastructure for its upcoming broadband service.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  March 15, 2004

Satellite mobile operator, Inmarsat, has struck a deal with Sun Microsystems to use the vendor’s Java enterprise system as the business support infrastructure for its upcoming broadband service. The software system will be used to support Inmarsat’s business critical applications for the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service, while providing a secure central repository for storing and managing identity profiles, application and network resource information. BGAN is due to be launched during 2005, providing mobile data communications at up to 432Kbit/s for internet access, mobile multimedia and other advanced applications. Inmarsat says it will deliver these services over the Java Enterprise System, making it easier to manage its software infrastructure simply, predictably and affordably. “With the Java Enterprise System we will be able to reduce cost and complexity within our software infrastructure,” says Michael Butler, managing director, Inmarsat. The move follows Inmarsat’s introduction of a web-based system to manage and deliver product training to around 1,500 employees and distributors. The Pathlore Learning Management System (LMS) from The Matchett Group is being installed to simplify the task of keeping track of the training needs of Inmarsat’s regional offices and distributors, and allow the operator’s partners to check the availability of courses and book them online.

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