Service activation is the term used by Inmarsat to define the formal process of registering a new or modified Inmarsat C or Mini C terminalfor service. Service activation does not require any technical testing of the equipment. The first stage of service activation is theadministrative registration of the end-user's equipment details. The second stage is the "switching on", or connection of the Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal to the Inmarsat satellite system by the Inmarsat Land Earth Station Operators (LESOs), who manage the ground-basedgateways that link your Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal to the terrestrial telecoms networks.
Who is involved in service activation?
The following parties are involved in the process of activating an Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal:
This may be the owner or licensee of the Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal or someone acting on behalf of the owner. The applicant should befamiliar with the Inmarsat C or Mini C and its circumstances, such as location and set-up, and is the point of contact for any issuesconcerning the registration and activation of the device. An Inmarsat C or Mini C owner is required to enter into an agreement with a billingentity that is authorised to settle any call charges that may be made by an Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal. This billing entity can be either anAccounting Authority (AA) or an Inmarsat Service Provider (ISP) who is contracted with one or more Land Earth Station Operators (LESO).
Point of Service Activation (PSA)
The PSA is an entity that has concluded a contract with Inmarsat for the activation and maintenance of records and accounts of Inmarsatterminals. A PSA in some cases can be a one-stop shop for service activation, terminal equipment provision and customer support. ThePSA may not necessarily operate within the country where the vessel is registered. However, the PSA must abide by the appropriatenational regulatory frameworks. The PSA is also responsible for enabling or removing an Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal's access to theInmarsat satellites for technical reasons only.
The Land Earth Station Operator (LESO)
The Land Earth Station Operator (LESO) is responsible for conducting service verification for Inmarsat C and Mini C if required by maritimeagencies. The LESO is also responsible for enabling or removing an Inmarsat C or Mini C terminal's access to the Inmarsat satellites, be itfor technical or financial reasons.
The Accounting Authority (AA)
An Accounting Authority (AA) is an organisation, commercial or non-commercial, which administers the billing and settlement of thecommunication charges for an Inmarsat terminal. The purpose of the AA is to act as an intermediary between the customer and thevarious land earth stations (LESs) that supply communication services to the terminal.
Inmarsat Service Provider (ISP)
An Inmarsat Service Provider (ISP) is an entity that has established a contract with one or more LESOs to promote and retail its services toend-users. It can be used as an alternative to an AA for all Inmarsat terminals that are intended solely for commercial use and not to beused for distress and safety purposes.