Inmarsat Partner Podcasts: Boeing Commercial Satellite Services

June 06, 2019 Blog

Boeing Commercial Satellite Services

At the SATELLITE 2019 Conference in Washington, D.C., we sat down with Jeof McAllister, Vice President at Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of The Boeing Company that offers end-to-end commercial satellite communications solutions to the U.S. government and other satellite users, to discuss its successful partnership with Inmarsat in the U.S. government market and other industry issues. Through the world’s most extensive portfolio of global narrowband and wideband, and via our ecosystem of best-of-breed wholesale channel partners such as Boeing, we deliver robust, flexible and scalable alternatives for U.S. government customers to augment their satellite communications in both L-band and Ka-band, whenever needed.

During this video podcast, Mr. McAllister discusses how Boeing and Inmarsat successfully partner to meet end user demands for mobile, high-throughput capabilities to meet their problem set, mission and challenges. Mr. McAllister explains that Boeing, as the manufacturer of the Global Xpress Inmarsat-5 GX1-GX4 satellites, has a unique perspective that enables them to collaborate with Inmarsat to increase the capability and value within the constellation – creating innovative new services to deliver to the end user. Through this partnership, Mr. McAllister points out the importance of designing systems that are global and mobile with high data rates, and that the two companies are dedicated to building best best-value solutions ahead of the need.

Inmarsat services are made available globally to the U.S. government thanks to our channel partners. By combining the expertise of our industry partners, who have been at the forefront of satellite communications-related technology and innovation for four decades, as well as input from our U.S. government customers, we continue to develop next-generation commercial capabilities built for users in all domains. To learn more about Inmarsat’s partnership with Boeing watch the full video podcast


Which Inmarsat services does your company sell and why?
We sell services from throughout the Inmarsat portfolio. Users that we have are demanding mobile high throughput capability to meet their problem set, missions, and challenges, and Inmarsat delivers a product set that matches nicely with those kind of requirements.

What are some of the value-added services that you provide to complement Inmarsat’s offerings?
Something that we provide is we take the high-capacity steerable beams on the Inmarsat five constellation and augment those with our value-added services to allow direct customer control of end-to-end secure connectivity on the move.

What makes this partnership with Inmarsat successful?
Our background is the manufacturer of the Inmarsat 5gx satellites, it gives us a unique perspective to collaborate with Inmarsat to increase the capability and value within the constellation. Ultimately we can create more capability, new capability, and new services to deliver to the end-user.

What key satellite communication challenges do your government customers face?
For many government customers, the mission is both global and mobile. Communication frequently at high data rates is imperative for their mission success, and
Inmarsat has specifically designed their systems to meet that. Taking for example the global Express Network. The challenges that a mobile high demand user creates have been considered in the initial design and in the operation of the system rather than added in to a raw bandwidth network after the fact, and as a result, the challenges that you would expect a new user or even a new type of user to encounter have been considered in advance, so you’re able to rapidly field this new capability and deliver ultimately in a in a meaningful way to their problem.

Can you share an example of one of your proudest deployments/contracts selling Inmarsat services?
What we’re most proud of is that we’re delivering modern data communication rates into the US government from field operators to senior leadership, and there really aren’t a lot of other cost-effective solutions that can deliver hundreds of megabits per second to mobile, particularly airborne platforms.

In three words, how would your government end users describe their experience with your company?
We want to here partner, and that’s because we sit down with them we understand what the requirements are, we understand what the needs are, and we develop a best value solution to those. Responsive we remain engaged we understand how the mission evolves and matures, and we make sure that we’re always finding ways to drive additional value into their mission. And finally, assured. From our experience we build a robust solution, and if problems do occur, we move rapidly to contain them and restore service.