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Mr. Craig Beckman 
Mr. Robert Brown 
Mr. Edwin Bukont, Jr. 
Mr. Robert Clinton 
Mr. J. Eric Hoehn 
Dr. Robert Hoover, PE 
Mr. Bud Houston 
Mr. Fee Lee 
Mr. John Reiser 
Mr. Shaun Sandoval 
Mr. Cedric Taylor 

Inmarsat's BGAN Service - Mackay Communications

Guest Speaker: Cedric Taylor

June 16, 2006

Cedric Taylor from Mackay Communications presented an overview of Inmarsat’s BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) service.

Years ago, the first of the satellites were put in place, and the mobile hardware was developed to "talk" with them. However, the cost to the user was significant, and only the big networks could justify the expense. However, recent developments in the mobile hardware has brought the cost for some of the equipment down to somewhere in the $2,000 to $3,000 range (less than the cost of some ISDN equipment). As of this summer, they expect to have coverage all the way around the globe, and an internet connection can make it possible to do everything from make a phone call to stream audio.

BGAN terminals can support single or multiple users, and they can also support external devices such as telephones and hands-free headsets. Broadcasters are using BGAN for remote broadcasts, and emergency communications.


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