High-reliability broadband service targets rural Africa and Lat Am

A major satellite provider is aiming a series of tailored promotions at organisations in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa requiring high monthly volumes of broadband data for sustained periods of operation in remote sites.

Inmarsat’s BGAN Link service is targeted at organisations around the world operating in the construction, oil and gas, mining, humanitarian aid and banking and finance sectors that require resilient and reliable real-time IP-based broadband connectivity.

The initiatives for Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are aimed at meeting the need in these regions for a service which provides a predictable price over an extended usage period.

BGAN Link is available for a fixed monthly price in a choice of four data packages. Customers requiring total cost control can select an option that cumulatively monitors daily usage to ensure monthly allowance is not exceeded.

Ronald Spithout, President of the Enterprise business unit at Inmarsat, said: “Our research tells us that there is a real demand in the market for a better alternative to fixed satellite services. BGAN provides a flexible, capable and reliable communications network...over an extended time period, not just in times of emergency or crisis.”

The service is delivered over Inmarsat's L-band network, allowing for a connection that can be maintained during extreme weather conditions and making it ideally suited for typical office applications such as email, internet and intranet access, and VPN access to corporate networks from remote locations.

With a high degree of pointing tolerance, BGAN Link will help maintain a connection even if its direction shifts slightly due to wind or seismic activity. It also requires very little power, and benefits from low installation, service and support costs.

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