It’s been 5 years now since Inmarsat launched its Broadband Global Area Network service known as BGAN. This service has been one of the mainstays of media, emergency and disaster response communications around the world. It provides satellite reach-back for many first responder agencies and is an invaluable tool for remote operations. It is a key element in OODAkits — self-contained, portable communication survival kits for keeping people connected during crises.
Inmarsat has been at the forefront of mobile satellite services for over 31 years and is a recognized leader in mobile satellite communications. The first Inmarsat-4 was launched in November 2005. Three years later, all three Inmarsat-4s were in orbit, creating the full global network which supports mobile satellite broadband services on land, at sea, and in the air.
Today, there are almost 50,000 land mobile terminals activated, 13,000 FleetBroadband (maritime) and more than 1,100 SwiftBroadband (aeronautical).
Congratulations Inmarsat … and Happy Birthday BGAN!!