International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO)
Organisation internationale de télécommunications mobiles par satellite
Organización Internacional de Telecomunicaciones Móviles por Satélite
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16 Jul 1979, as an intergovernmental organization with the title International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat) -- Organisation internationale de télécommunications maritimes par satellites -- Organización Internacional de Telecomunicaciones Maritimas por Satélite, pursuant to the signing, 1976, by 28 Member States and Signatories of a Convention and Operating Agreement. Establishment followed an initiative in 1973 by the then 'Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO)', currently, since 22 May 1982, B-XB1117 - International Maritime Organization (IMO). Provision of maritime services commenced 1 Feb 1982. Amendments to Inmarsat Convention approved, Oct 1985, by Inmarsat Assembly of Parties - at which all member countries were entitled to be represented - to permit the offering of aeronautical satellite communication services; in Jan 1989, further amendments enabled provision of land-mobile satellite services. Amendments to Convention approved Sep 1998 to provide for restructuring of Inmarsat and retaining governmental oversight by the organization (IMSO) of public services obligations; entered into force on the basis of provisional application 15 Apr 1999; amendments entered formally into force 31 Jul 2001. Amendments to Convention approved Oct 2008 to provide for extending governmental oversight to other potential Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS / SMDSM) providers and for IMSO's functions as coordinator of Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT); amendments entered into force on the basis of provisional application 6 Oct 2008, pending their formal entry into force. Current title adopted 9 Dec 1994, together with abbreviation Inmarsat Mobile.
Ensure the provision, by each Provider, of maritime mobile satellite communications services for the GMDSS according to the legal framework set up by IMO.
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