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Inmarsat upgrades high-speed data service

Mobile satellite operator Inmarsat has added IP telephony and virtual private network (VPN) support to its high-speed data service, Regional BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network).

Mobile satellite operator Inmarsat has added IP telephony and virtual private network (VPN) support to its high-speed data service, Regional BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network).

Under the move, Inmarsat has added support for the H.323 videoconferencing standard to Regional BGAN, an IP satellite modem offering 144Kbit/s data speeds to subscribers in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, parts of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Indian sub-continent.

The software release, Inmarsat claims, will also make it easier for users to configure for Apple Mac operating systems and allow subscribers to establish high-speed, secure access to corporate networks through VPNs.

"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," said Gill Govier, director of land business development at Inmarsat.

Inmarsat has said that it has sold around 2,000 of the Regional BGAN terminals since their launch late last year. The operator also plans to launch a higher-speed, 432Kbit/s BGAN service in 2005.

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