Voluntary Sector: Inmarsat seeks support for mobile web service

Satellite communications company Inmarsat is on the hunt for US and European lobbying support to promote its Broadband Global Area Network service.

The move follows last week's launch of the first I-4 satellite, which will deliver broadband connection speeds to mobile phone users in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Inmarsat is seeking an agency to lobby European regulators and governments to explain, for example, the impact of one government's decision on use of its frequencies on those of other governments.

Inmarsat's London-based vice-president of corporate and investor comms Chris McLaughlin, who joined last summer (PRWeek, 20 August), also plans to appoint a US agency within two months.

The agency will support Inmarsat's application for an auxiliary terrestrial components licence from the Federal Communications Commission.

It will also lobby the US Department of Defense to equip the US armed forces with Inmarsat's high-speed mobile data transmission service.

The company continues to use Bite Communications for UK comms and has previously used London-based Eppa and Pleon on a project basis.

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