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Award for best satellite operator in Asia


Inmarsat has been named best satellite operator in the annual Telecom Asia Awards, which recognise outstanding performance in the industry.

Organised by the leading telecoms publication and online news service, Telecom Asia, the awards are the longest-running and most prestigious telecoms industry accolades in Asia.

Inmarsat was chosen for the award by an independent judging panel, which considered nominees' performance in the financial, market, technology and corporate governance spheres, backed by research carried out by global IT and telecom consultancy firm Ovum.

Robert Clark, head of the judging panel, said: "Inmarsat impressed the judges with its sharply-focused business model of delivering IP and mobile satellite broadband to key verticals.

"It is reaping the benefits of that approach with stronger growth and profitability in its recent financial results."

Inmarsat's director of satellite and network operations, Richard Denny, collected the award on behalf of the company during a ceremony in Phuket, Thailand.

Weather lashes UK military team on Himalayan charity trek


The first contingent of a BGAN-equipped British armed forces expedition has begun the ascent of Makalu in the Himalaya.

Members of the main team, drawn from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army have started posting daily blogs and pictures on the Makalu 2008 expedition website, using one of four Thrane & Thrane BGAN terminals loaned by Inmarsat partner NSSL.

All members of this main team reached an interim base camp at the south-east ridge on 7 April - 4,100 metres (13,451 feet) above sea level - beneath the world's fifth highest mountain.

A few days later they moved to another base camp climbing a further 1,000 metres (3,281 feet). From there they started their ascent to the summit of Makalu at 8,463 metres (27,770 feet) from the north-east.

Torrential rain
Spectacular pictures and powerful accounts of their exhausting journey to the mountain have been posted online via Inmarsat for the world to read.

While ascending the Shipton La peak, Lieutenant Angela Laycock wrote: "The last two days have been pretty emotional ones. We started yesterday in our shorts and T-shirts enjoying an English summer's day with a few clouds looming. After just a few hours it became a typical Welsh day with torrential rain.

"After lunch it felt as if we had been transported into a Scottish winter and by this point most of us were fully Gortex'd up!"

The expedition is raising funds for SOS Children's Villages, an international charity that provides family environments, schools and communities for orphaned and abandoned children.

FleetBroadband scoops top innovation accolade


FleetBroadband scooped a prestigious award for innovation at the Lloyd's List London Awards for 2008

The cutting-edge voice and high-speed data service came in for praise from the judges as fresh evidence of Inmarsat's unwavering support for the maritime community.

The judges recognised Inmarsat's "continuing commitment" to serving the maritime industry "from its original remit in safety and distress communications to the current range of voice and data services" .

Inmarsat's head of maritime business, Piers Cunningham, received the award in front of 450 guests during a ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London.

Independent Panel
Piers said: "It's a great honour to receive the innovation award for FleetBroadband from such an esteemed body.

"The category was judged by a completely independent panel of maritime experts. It's very rare to have no idea whether you've won an award before it's announced but this was kept under wraps until the night, which is why the awards are so highly respected."

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