In a mobile satellite system, a mobile communication system includes a system for managing a mobile satellite system and a mobile communication system responsively connected thereto for registration. The system includes a management system (CMIS) requesting registration of the mobile communication system in the satellite communication system and creating a CMIS record responsive thereto, and a protocol conversion system (DM). The DM performs the functions of receiving and converting the CMIS record to a common record, and transmitting the registration request to the central controller of the CGS. The DM also receives a registration acknowledgement from the central controller indicating that the registration request was completed by the CGS, converts the registration acknowledgement into the common record, and transmits the registration acknowledgement to the CMIS. The DM also receives a ready indication for a commissioning status message from the central controller, transmits the status change response to the CMIS indicating a ready for commissioning status. The DM receives and transmits to the CMIS an operational/failed status message indicating whether the mobile communication system was successfully commissioned.