New broadband network available from Agiosat

Agiosat Global Communications announced a new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service that is now available in North and South America and provides global access to mobile broadband connectivity. This is in addition to the company's existing coverage in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia.

Agiosat's BGAN offers emergency and disaster response operations a combination of voice and high-speed data that is completely independent of terrestrial networks.

Developed by Inmarsat, the new satellite communications system offers high-speed connectivity from virtually anywhere in the world. BGAN is a mobile communications service that provides both voice and broadband data (up to 492kb/s) simultaneously through a single, portable device, on a global basis. Mobile users can connect to e-mail, the Internet, stream live video, access corporate networks via a secure VPN connection. And they can make a phone call, all at the same time.

BGAN is accessible through a satellite terminal that takes approximately three minutes to set up, is no bigger than an average size laptop and offers secure broadband access from remote locations. The BGAN terminal consists of a satellite antenna, GPS, and modem integrated into the unit that weighs less than 4lbs. The modem supports Ethernet, USB and Bluetooth connectivity to computers and networks.

Because BGAN operates in L band, it is resistant to rain fade and other environmental concerns, making it a viable choice for those emergency first responders like police or fire departments, disaster recovery operations, television journalists and homeland security.

Billing for Agiosat's BGAN is based upon the amount of data transferred through the network. Instead of paying for data capacity 24/7 whether it is used or not, the BGAN user is billed a monthly fee plus usage, which is based upon the number of megabytes transferred during that month.

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