Iraq to receive satellite broadband service

A service that delivers high-speed broadband via satellite to businesses and the media is to be extended to Iraq.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  September 23, 2003

A service that delivers high-speed broadband via satellite to businesses and the media is to be extended to Iraq. GloCall has announced it will extend its broadband global area network (BGAN) service to the troubled country for the foreseeable future.

“Growing demand for regional BGAN from Iraq and its surrounding countries calls for more partners and customer support availability,” says GloCall commercial director Danny Wassenaar.

Regional BGAN is an Inmarsat IP mobile data communication service that delivers fast internet access via satellite. GloCall is an Inmarsat distribution partner and a business division of France Telecom France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC).

Launched late last year, BGAN offers vertical industries and individuals operating from remote areas, where telecommunications are not available, mobile data communication that is more than twice as fast as a standard terrestrial internet connection.

“We currently have several active regional BGAN resellers in Iraq and Kuwait. To date, our partner channel helped us capture more than 65% of the Regional BGAN market share in the Middle East,” adds Wassenaar.

The service is aimed at business and media operations that are operating around Iraq and do not have access to telecommunications services. GloCall says ongoing instability in Iraq, coupled with an increasing number of businesses seeking opportunities in the country, will generate demand for the BGAN.

“Although the service success does not depend on conflict zones, the lack of connectivity infrastructure for the foreseeable future [in Iraq], the fluid security situation and the in-flux of businesses into the country all create a strong demand for cost efficient and mobile internet and networking access devices that deliver secure and high-speed connectivity,"” Wassenaar adds.

The regional BGAN service, available in up to 99 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Northern and Central Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and most Commonwealth of Independent States, boosts businesses data exchange capacity to up to 144kbit/s using a secure shared channel.

The service is delivered through a lightweight satellite modem that could be connected to a single computer or a network of computers with bluetooth, or a USB or Ethernet cable. Because it is based on Internet Protocol (IP) packet technology, users only pay for the amount of data they send and receive, and not for time spent online. This enables users to always stay connected.

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