Inmarsat touts innovations
Offerings include BGAN High Data Rate service for broadcasters
Inmarsat is showcasing its latest innovations at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. These include BGAN High Data Rate (BGAN HDR), a revolutionary service for broadcasters, delivering a step-change in video quality for journalists and L-TAC, Inmarsat’s unique solution to extend the reach of UHF radios used by the world’s militaries.
Additionally, Inmarsat will be offering an update on its Global Xpress (GX) service. With the first launch on schedule for December and full global coverage on course to be achieved by the end of 2014, GX will be the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network. It will offer the unique combination of global coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance of up to 50Mbps, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned.
BGAN HDR delivers a significantly enhanced streaming rate for journalists reporting from remote regions or areas where the existing communications infrastructure is unreliable or damaged.
L-TAC uses Inmarsat’s global L-Band satellites to extend the reach of the UHF radios used by the world’s militaries. By affixing a small antenna and sub-system to either a vehicle or a soldier’s backpack, military and other personnel can use their existing UHF radios to give them L-Band global satellite communications. L-TAC has been successfully tested at speeds of up to 70 mph.
UHF military satcom typically utilises expensive and scarce TACSAT channels. L-TAC’s hardware converts the UHF radio signal to L-Band to enable transmission across Inmarsat’s global satellite network.
Also being showcased is BGAN Push to Talk, Mobile Data Node (MDN), Low Profile Ruggedised BGAN (LPRB), BGAN M2M and fleet management through IsatData Pro.