For some people, access to the Internet is a fact of everyday life. You turn on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.You open the browser. And that’s all you have to do – you’re instantly connected with the rest of the globe via the World Wide Web. The same is true with mobile communications. The smartphone has made making a call, sending a message or going online much easier, faster and more convenient, in a degree and scale that has never been experienced before. Indeed, innovations in communication technology have revolutionized the way people interact with each other, do business, make a living, make a purchase, make decisions – it has changed the way we live.
However, this is not the case for so many other people in different parts of the world, where fast Internet connection or mobile phone access is a luxury, if not something that is totally unheard of. This may be due to lack of necessary infrastructure, poor connection or natural and man-made obstacles. In these locations, satellite Internet is the only solution. Portable satellite technology makes mobile communications possible wherever you are in the planet, allowing you to experience the convenience, efficiency, cost-savings, and in many cases, life-saving benefits of having fast, reliable connection to the rest of the world.
Send and Receive Email, Browse the Internet and Make Calls From Any Location on Earth
The world’s first satellite mobile communications service was developed by the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN). BGAN Satellite terminals are small, portable and powerful: This laptop-sized device (it can fit easily inside a regular backpack) has been known to deliver high-speed satellite Internet service via the Inmarsat Satellite Network in the most remote locations in the world. It’s easy to set up: Simply turn the terminal on, point it toward the nearest Inmarsat satellite to register, and connect via Wi-Fi or Ethernet to any computer. Within five minutes, you can simultaneously access data at a speed of up to half a megabit, browse the Internet and make phone calls. This tiny device is all you need to establish a broadband mobile office wherever you are.
A wide range of industries and sectors in society can benefit from the portable and flexible simultaneous voice and broadband services provided by the BGAN satellite Internet: households in remote and rural areas, military units, healthcare institutions, government agencies, businesses demanding global mobility and large data transfers and more. The reliable global network coverage provided by Inmarsat BGAN Satellite has also made it a vital life-saving tool during the most crucial moments in recent history. It made Internet possible in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, North and South America even when there are no cellular and 3G networks available. The relief and recovery operations for the world’s most devastating natural disasters – Hurricane Katrina in the U.S., tsunami in Japan and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines – benefitted from the satellite terminals and handheld sat phones that transmitted information that is key to the rescue and survival of the affected populations.