Stratos YEAR IN REVIEW
From every perspective, 2009 was a banner year for Stratos we enhanced our position as the worlds leading provider of mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions. New relationships with some of the worlds leading maritime, energy, mining, government and military organizations led to robust sales helping us fully execute our growth strategy in this pivotal year.
Perhaps the years biggest news came in April when Stratos became a wholly-owned operating division of Inmarsat. As we operate as an independent subsidiary, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to being a multi-technology service provider, helping meet our clients complex networking requirements with solutions from Inmarsat, Iridium and other leading companies. In 2009, our customers accessed the benefits of The Stratos Advantage, which make mobile satellite services easy to use and efficient to own. The Stratos Advantage provides cost control, firewall management, full traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and full IP range.
Stratos Dashboard, the foundation of The Stratos Advantage, was enhanced with an improved graphical interface, increasing ease-of-use. We also introduced StratosNet Accelerator, a free Internet-optimization application that helps customers reduce airtime costs required to operate Inmarsat BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile satellite services. In the maritime market, Stratos led all Inmarsat Distribution Partners in FleetBroadband activations, including important deployments by Albacora Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and MPC Steamship. We recently reached a milestone of 2,000 FleetBroadband activations. The strong penetration of the powerful BGAN service in the land-mobile sector continued with key deployments in the media and mining markets. This year, BGAN from Stratos reached the milestone of 11,500 activations, with perhaps the most notable media-market deployment coming from Al Jazeera English.
BGAN from Stratos continued to help military organizations worldwide improve their effectiveness and safety. Our customers in the energy markets derived great benefit from our DataSat II shared-hub VSAT service that supports SCADA applications. It supports applications for data collection and monitoring of remote assets. Stratos continues to offer enhanced IP or serial polling and 24x7 network monitoring from our Denver Network Operations Center (NOC).
Looking ahead to 2010, we expect to continue to sell and support the very latest remote-communications offerings from Inmarsat, Iridium and other providers, to include building relationships with shipping companies who wish to deploy Inmarsats new FleetBroadband 150 service as a low-cost entry to the broadband environment. We also look forward to the mid-year launch of Inmarsats Global Satellite Phone Services, which will offer a powerful alternative to the handheld, fixed and maritime phone solutions currently available in the marketplace bringing the right combination of product selection, value-added services and ongoing support.