Inmanrsat's BGAN service now supports VPN

Inmarsat's upgraded Regional BGAN satellite broadband service extends support for virtual private networks (VPN), videoconferencing and IP telephony.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  July 13, 2003

Inmarsat has upgraded its Regional BGAN satellite broadband service and is now offering support for virtual private networks (VPN), thereby allowing mobile users to establish high-speed, secure access to corporate networks through VPN products. The latest release of BGAN also supports the H.323 standard for videoconferencing and IP telephony, and is now easier to configure for Apple Mac users and those using older versions of the Windows operating system.

“This latest software release reinforces Regional BGAN’s position as the only business solution for reliable, secure, mobile high-speed enterprise communications,” says Issa Odtallah, senior technical manager at Inmarsat. “These upgrades complete our solution for connectivity to the enterprise in a business climate that demands access to information and resources, as and when required. They are testament to the value that Inmarsat places on consultation with its partners, sales channels, and end user community,” he adds.

Inmarsat claims that the extended functionalities are a response to increasing user demand and evolving market requirements. “VPNs have emerged as a key component of the modern mobile enterprise, with increasingly flexible and remote working driving demand for secure access to corporate networks in any place and at any time,” says Odtallah.

Regional BGAN, a notebook-sized satellite IP modem, offers businesses high-speed data services, via satellite, over shared, secure 144kbit/s channels in 99 countries. It enables businesses to have remote access to corporate networks, the Internet and e-mail.

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