Inmarsat Limited, the Total Communications Network, has selected Sun Microsystems' Java Enterprise System as the business support platform for its new broadband mobile satellite communications network. The Sun software package will provide high availability and service continuity to Inmarsat's business critical applications whilst providing a secure
central repository for storing and managing identity profile, application and network resource information.
Inmarsat's new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service, due to commence during 2005 will provide mobile data communications at up to 432kbit/s for Internet access, mobile multimedia and many other advanced applications. The Java Enterprise System will complement the service by providing Inmarsat with a common software infrastructure that can be managed at a predictable cost structure.
"BGAN will be a revolution in the provision of high-speed data connectivity providing mobile broadband solutions to virtually anywhere in the world via a small, reliable, and easy to use satellite modem," said Michael Butler, Managing Director, Inmarsat Ltd. "BGAN uses the best IT and telecoms technology available and with the Java Enterprise System we will be able to
reduce cost and complexity within our software infrastructure."
Leslie Stretch, vice president and UK managing director, Sun Microsystems, stated, "The Java Enterprise System promises a radically better life for business and technical managers alike and will revolutionise the software industry by making enterprise infrastructure simple, predictable and affordable."
Inmarsat will additionally benefit from the Java Enterprise System's security services that span the entire system. Security services provide consistent single sign-on to online resources whilst protecting content the latest security standards and resilient authentication and access control options.