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Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Access Network) launch partner BT offers mobile broadband office environment via satellite service

December 7, 2005

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LONDON -- As an accredited Inmarsat BGAN launch partner, BT, one of the world’s leading providers of IT and networking services, today announces the addition of BGAN to its extensive portfolio of IP access services. Heralded as the ‘office in a box’, BGAN provides a replication of a broadband enabled office environment. It offers a complete communications solution for on-the-move individuals and teams in remote locations.

Based on Inmarsat’s BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) platform, BT’s BGAN is a telephony, IP, ISDN and video or audio streaming access service, with all the service support expected from BT. The range of small, laptop-sized units, provide both the modem and the satellite antenna and offer IP access peaking at rates up to 492kbit/s in each direction. Benefits include:

  • “Always-on” IP access to the internet or corporate network

    • Portability – the lightest of the available user terminals weighs under 1kg

      • Independence from terrestrial networks

        • A reliable satellite service that can provide connectivity in the harshest and most remote locations

          • Support for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)BT can also offer a range of value-added services to match the standard BGAN functionality to specific corporate needs. For example:

            • a dedicated backhaul linking to a corporate network, avoiding use of the public internet

              • delivery of streaming over MPLS



              “Already deployable in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East, BGAN’s coverage will extend across the America’s by the second quarter of 2006,” comments John Wroe, satellite product manager, BT Media and Broadcast. “Insurance assessors, trouble-shooters, disaster response teams, oil exploration engineers, TV and press reporters and travelling executives can all benefit from the new BGAN ‘office in a box’ capability enabling them to work as efficiently as if in their corporate headquarters.”

              Highly portable, secure and offering real flexibility, BGAN further strengthens BT’s comprehensive range of mobile and fixed communications solutions delivered via satellite, complementing its terrestrial network infrastructure. As a result of BT’s unrivalled I.T. and networking expertise, coupled with its unique understanding of the way in which organisations and the people in them want and need to work, customers can be assured of the optimum use of these different platforms, integrated to ensure high performance and deliver the maximum return on investment.

              BT Group plc

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