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Inmarsat has been an industry leader in satellite communications since 1976. Offering satellite devices that have been engineered for field conditions and high-quality coverage, Inmarsat has become a backbone for critical communications.
For basic voice connectivity and low bandwidth (narrowband) data, Inmarsat IsatPhone offers near-global communications coverage except in the polar regions.For those requiring broadband connectivity for live streaming, broadcasting or other data-intensive applications, the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) is only service of its kind. BGAN supports simultaneous voice and broadband data access, with speeds up to 492 kbps (up to 650 kbps with tethering on some devices), from portable laptop-sized BGAN devices from a range of manufacturers.
Inmarsat operates 12 satellites in geosynchronous (GEO) orbit approximately 22,000 miles above the earth. The satellites are positioned to transmit radio beams in two global configurations covering the oceans and major land masses.
Inmarsat offers a range of equipment and service at an accessible price point and coverage everywhere except the polar regions. It's a great option if you need a satellite phone, or need a combo of voice connectivity plus higher data speeds accessible from a portable BGAN device.
Near global (except Polar Regions)
Good quality of service
Broadband data (via BGAN)
Affordable price point 100% global coverage including the Poles
The antenna on Inmarsat devices must have an open view of the sky along the equator, so they are less suited to walking while talking.
It is important to note that Inmarsat coverage extends from latitudes of -82° to 82° regardless of longitude, so higher latitudes like the polar regions are not covered.
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