Thrane ships Explorer 500

Thrane & Thrane received approval from Inmarsat Dec.1 to begin selling for its Explorer 500 BGAN satellite terminal.

The Explorer 500 is a portable, compact terminal offering voice, fax, SMS, Internet access and e-mail service, simultaneous voice/fax and high-speed data up to 464Kb/s, and an Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth and phone/fax interface.

A slightly larger Explorer 700 BGAN terminal should be ready during the summer 2006. The company expects to offer a maximum data speed of up to 492Kb/s.

Inmarsat’s broadband global area network service is due in the United States in the first quarter of 2006.

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