By Alex Ritman
Inmarsat's global broadband network will soon to be available in the Middle East as provider Stratos Global starts taking orders.
The world’s largest provider of Inmarsat mobile satellite services, Stratos Global, has announced that it is taking orders from distribution partners and customers for Inmarsat’s BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) service.
The service will be commercially available in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia within the next few weeks, and in North and South America in early 2006.
BGAN delivers broadband data and voice, simultaneously, to nearly any location throughout the world. Using compant, lightweight satellite terminals about the size of a small laptop PC, BGAN enables users to access email, corporate networks and the internet, transfer files, stream video, and make telephone calls at speeds up to 492 Kbps.
Stratos says that BGAN is ideally suited for emergency response and disaster situations where primary services are unavailable, and also for mobile professionals, journalists, military personnel, and aid workers operating from remote regions beyond the reach of traditional networks.
“The recent hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the earthquake in Pakistan have put a spotlight on the importance of having an independent, reliable emergency communications system in place and ready to deploy in the event of a disaster,” says Jim Parm, president and CEO at Stratos.
A fully functional BGAN broadband mobile office can be set up and shut down in minutes, without special technical expertise. The smallest BGAN terminal weighs less than one kilo, and full-featured terminals provide both streaming IP and background IP data options, as well as Wi-Fi capability for multi-user access.