Inmarsat demonstrates flexibility of satcomms

While satellite communication may have a reputation for being expensive and of a lesser quality compared with terrestrial wireless networks, one leading satellite communications provider is determined to prove such stereotypes wrong at this year's GULFCOMMS.

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Inmarsat demonstrates flexibility of satcomms BRANDY: BGAN makes things easy.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2009

While satellite communication may have a reputation for being expensive and of a lesser quality compared with terrestrial wireless networks, one leading satellite communications provider is determined to prove such stereotypes wrong at this year's GULFCOMMS.

UK-based Inmarsat is demonstrating the quality and reliability of its BGAN X-Stream service at its stand in GULFCOMMS, through live demonstrations. "There is a formal presentation every half hour because it is a more structured way to give people a demonstration and visibility of what we are doing here," says Drew Brandy, Land Mobile Director at Inmarsat.

For the demonstration, a presenter explains the story of one of Inmarsat's leading services, BGAN, which allows voice and data to be transferred via satellite from the most remote locations. This is followed by a live demonstration of Inmarsat's latest incarnation of the service, BGAN X-Stream, which is capable of transmitting data at a minimum data rate of 384 kbps compared to 256 kbps from its predecessor. The presenter takes part in a live video call with another member of the Inmarsat team who is located in a hotel by Dubai Creek.

"The demonstration is two-fold," says Bandy. "It shows a person just how easy it is because we show them the setup, but it also gives them an appreciation of how people in the field can communicate back to you. Then you get visibility of the kind of clarity that it is possible to achieve with BGAN X-Stream."

BGAN X-Stream is popular with a broad cross section of sectors, according to Brandy, particularly broadcasters.

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