Inmarsat plugs BGAN HDR at GITEX

    Satellite company discusses new developments at tech show
    A BGAN HDR terminal on display at GITEX Technology Week.
    A BGAN HDR terminal on display at GITEX Technology Week.


    Inmarsat, a satellite operator that provides connectivity around the globe, has plenty of new innovations to showcase it GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2014.

    New products and services on show include BGAN HDR, which allows users to broadcast video from remote locations using a light, portable terminal; the IsatHub service, which allows users to create a mini hotspot for connected devices such as smartphones; and IsatPhone 2, an upgraded, robust satellite phone.

    "We are innovating in many different ways, firstly around our existing L-Band portfolio of services for portability," says Rob Myers, Director, Enterprise Market Development, Inmarsat. "We are promoting our new Isat hub service, IsatPhone 2, BGAN HDR. We have been investing very heavily this year in service developments and these are just a few manifestations of that activity this year.

    Myers adds that these services are complemented by Imnarsat's $1.6 billion investment in Global Xpress which became live shortly after the first satellite went into commercial service in July 2014 over the Indian ocean region. "This will become truly global when the other satellites are launched by the middle of next year. There will be three satellites, similar to the existing i4 L-band constellation. We will be providing three geostationary satellites to provide that same truly global coverage, but in the KA band, so it will have much higher bandwidths and throughput," Myers says.

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