SOURCE: Vizada



November 16, 2010 08:00 ET

Brazilian Election Data Successfully Transmitted From Remote Regions Using Satellite Broadband

Vizada, Inmarsat and Arycom Deliver Secure, Reliable Network and Real-Time Support to Ensure Smooth Election Results in Record Transmission Time

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) -  Vizada, the world's largest independent satellite communications provider, and Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, together with local partner Arycom, delivered satellite broadband and voice services along with operational support to the Brazilian government in support of October's presidential elections. Tasked with ensuring the transmission of secure election data from the country's most remote regions, Vizada and Inmarsat designed a network strategy to address transmission needs, data security, reliability and support through a BGAN-based network. Along with partner Arycom, this strategy delivered the necessary training, support and information management to ensure that election data would be transmitted securely, accurately and efficiently to the country's central election headquarters. Data was processed in a record time of one hour after the polls closed.

During the 24 hours leading up to and following each of the two election rounds, Vizada and Inmarsat managed nearly 15,000 voice and data calls from over 1,400 voting sites across three time zones in Brazil. Prior to the early October election, Vizada activated and delivered more than 1,400 SIM cards to partner Arycom for use in the BGAN terminals used to transmit electronic election data from voting machines installed in remote precincts. The number of cards, which were activated over seven days, is roughly equal to the number of SIM cards Vizada typically processes in three months, requiring the full effort of the entire Vizada Customer Care team. While Vizada preloaded the SIMs with initial airtime, Arycom increased available airtime throughout the elections via Vizada's online account management system, The Source.

"When something as critical as the electoral process is at stake, things like reliability and security take on even greater importance," said Bob Baker, president and COO of Vizada Americas. "The collective team designed and implemented a system that mitigated risk and enabled the Brazilian government and its citizens to have confidence in this important aspect of democracy. There is no finer example of the critical role satellite communications plays around the world." 

Vizada and Inmarsat each dedicated extensive technical resources throughout the pre-election network testing, voting and final transmission of results. This included on-the-ground, cross-company support, 24x7 customer care and real-time troubleshooting throughout the process.

"We are delighted to have played our part in delivering an excellent electoral achievement," said Perry Melton, Chief Operating Officer at Inmarsat. "A successful outcome such as this, achieved in record time, is only possible through the effective collaboration and integration of multiple teams from around the world. It is a good demonstration of how the combined experience and expertise of Inmarsat, Vizada and Arycom creates a truly world-class partnership."

Given the national security concerns with transmission of election results, Vizada's network engineers located in the United States and Europe implemented a dedicated Terralink Interconnect solution -- a secure link using site-to-site IP security and a VPN tunnel from Vizada's New York City PoP to the Brazilian election HQ data facility.

"Vizada and Inmarsat are important partners for us, especially for our client work in Brazil, which often involves complex applications like the one used for the Brazilian election," said Ciro Chudo, Commercial Director, Arycom. "We rely on Vizada and Inmarsat because we have confidence in their ability to support critical efforts such as this and for their ability to be strategic, valuable contributors to an integrated project team."

In addition to providing election support to Brazil -- and as part of its expanding work in Central and South America -- Vizada recently trained service providers through its Vizada Solutions Certification Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additionally, the team was in Miami, FL, last week providing service provider training for the region.  More than 25 partners have been fully certified since the program launched last year, and an additional 20 partners have been partially certified. Vizada plans to offer additional training sessions for its service partners in Latin America in 2011.

Vizada is the worldwide leading independent provider of global satellite communications, with more than $700 million in 2009 revenue, and more market share on more satellite networks than any other satellite communications provider in the world. Vizada customers include commercial, military and business aircraft, merchant shipping vessels, emergency response teams, government and military units, news gathering organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Vizada offers fixed and mobile communications services using multiple satellite network operators, including, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, Loral, New Skies, SES Americom and Thuraya. Gateway access to these networks is made possible through the Vizada Global Teleport Network -- five state-of-the-art facilities strategically positioned around the world. Vizada also provides Vizada Solutions™, leading edge technologies for IP & networking, messaging, business tools, prepaid solutions, fixed2mobile services and secure communications. Vizada has regional centers of operation located in Washington D.C., United States for the Americas and Paris, France for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT) is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. The company's services are delivered through a global network of more than 400 distribution partners and service providers operating in 100 countries. For the year ended 31 December 2009, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,038.1 million (2008: US$996.7 million) with an EBITDA of US$594.2 million (2008: US$531.2 million). For more information, please visit

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