Agiosat's BGAN Service Now Available in the Americas

Agiosat Global Communications, a provider of satellite communication and network technologies based in Burbank, Calif., has made its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service available in North and South America.

BGAN, a new satellite communications system developed by Inmarsat, offers high-speed connectivity across the globe. BGAN is the world's first mobile communications service of any kind to provide both voice and broadband data (up to 492 kbps) simultaneously and seamlessly through a single, portable device. In addition to its new North and South America service, Agiosat is also available for coverage in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia.

BGAN is accessible through a small, highly portable, integrated user satellite terminal that takes about three minutes to set up, is no bigger than an average size laptop and offers secure broadband access. The BGAN terminal consists of a satellite antenna, GPS, and modem integrated into the unit that weighs less than four pounds. The modem supports Ethernet, USB and Bluetooth connectivity to computers and/or networks.

Because BGAN operates in the L band, it is resistant to rain fade and other environmental concerns making it a viable option for emergency first responders. Agiosat's BGAN is set to transform emergency and disaster response operations with a combination of voice and high-speed data, completely independent of terrestrial networks. Billing for Agiosat's BGAN is based upon the amount of data transferred through the network plus a monthly fee.