BGAN

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BGAN

(Broadband Global Area Network) A mobile satellite network service launched in 2005 from Inmarsat plc that allows users around the world to connect to the Internet or a corporate network. The two geostationary (GEO) Inmarsat-4 satellites provide a secure VPN for both packet-switched and circuit switched services for simultaneous voice and data at approximately 500 Kbps. Especially useful where telecom/cellular networks are poor or non-existent, the remote user needs only a laptop and a small, portable BGAN terminal device to connect.

Regional BGAN
The precursor to BGAN, Regional BGAN (R-BGAN) is an IP-based service for email and Internet access. R-BGAN provides a shared 144 Kbps channel across Europe, Asia and Africa. See Inmarsat and GEO.
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Full status as a Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) Distribution Partner has been awarded to Net Africa Arabia Ltd, a distribution partner for the Inmarsat R-BGAN service and subsidiary of SatCom Group Holdings plc (SatCom), a mobile satellite communications reseller.
Util4 is working on versions that can run entirely on battery power (Inmarsat's R-BGAN hardware already runs off batteries).
Speeka is the official supplier of aeronautical hardware and services to the Italian Government Air Force and in 2003, launched the latest Inmarsat satellite phone, R-BGAN and installed the first Swift 64 aeronautical high-speed satellite phone, in cooperation with Airbus Industries, on a Airbus 319CJ.
An improvement to the R-BGAN data service has been introduced by Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications provider.
The R-BGAN service is said to provide connectivity up to 144kb/s across
Following its move to the new Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite, the R-BGAN service can reportedly be used in a wider coverage area, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, most of Asia Pacific and Western Australia.