What is BGAN? #
Broadband Global Area Network service (BGAN) from Inmarsat is the world’s first global communications service to offer both voice and broadband data simultaneously and also with the option of a portable terminal as well.
Broadband Global Area Network, or BGAN for short, is owned and operated by Inmarsat and is comprised of three satellites. They are in a stationary orbit around our planet so that no matter where you are you may connect to one them with your choice from a relatively decently sized portfolio of terminals. The only limit for the scope of communication is within the extreme polar regions of the planet.
So, pretty much no matter where you are as long as you have a clear view of the sky (barring large buildings, mountains, trees, etc.) you will be able to get a good, strong signal.
Some of the services available with a BGAN terminal are high-speed Internet, fax, phone, ISDN, SMS texting, and streaming services which are great for video conferencing and telecasting for broadcasters. For 30 years running Inmarsat has been a leader in satellite communications and has also licensed several manufactures to develop terminals specifically engineered for their BGAN service.
BGAN is also made to be simple for the non-tech savvy individuals. With most BGAN terminals setup is actually so easy these individuals can even set up their own terminal for an office in minutes without too much hassle. Features with certain models also boast sound cues for connecting to ensure it is done properly and efficiently.
With Inmarsat’s BGAN you are being delivered an affordable mobile broadband service that can be tailored to fit your specific needs and with a small form factor as well.
BGAN Hardware #
There is a substantial line of terminals which all deliver high-speed voice and data and most of all of them are small enough to fit inside a case for a laptop. To connect your computer to your BGAN terminal you can usually just plug in an Ethernet cable but with some you can use a WiFi connection. The WiFi option is nice since you have the option to leave the terminal outside while you run off the wireless while indoors.
- Provide broadband Internet and voice services on a global scope
- Works in locations where cellular Internet service is unavailable
- Terminals are portable and easily fit in a laptop case
- Can provide Wi-Fi for any in-range device such as smartphones, laptops, or tablets
- BGAN terminals work on land or sea on the same service plan
- BGAN Service is expensive, charges are per the Megabyte
- Terminals are expensive and cost anywhere from $1,400 to tens of thousands depending on the customer’s needs
- Needs to be manually pointed although ease of use up to and including connecting to the satellites have been built into most BGAN terminals