BGAN TECHNOLOGY  What is it? + Features ▷ 2020

On October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite. It was Sputnik I. It was sent from the Soviet Union out of Earth orbit. This milestone was the kickoff for the beginning of the space age. In it the competition between world powers to create the best technology, laid the foundation for the devices we know today as everyday.

Since then, more than 2,500 satellites have been launched. Many of them today work primarily for telecommunications. Mobile calls, location Gps, the maps as we know them today, among other things, would not exist.

In this post we will discuss one of the satellite technologies that can connect a person to the Internet, from anywhere on earth.

What is BGAN technology and what is it for in telecommunications?

As indicated by its acronym in English (Broadband Global Area Network) it is a global broadband area. That is to say, is a satellite communication connection system. It is used to transmit and receive data through a small portable device, directly to the satellite. Without the need for an external antenna.

BGAN can transmit at speed rates of up to 492 Kbps, guaranteeing a minimum of 256 Kbps. Allows you to connect to Internet, use services of Messenger service, video calls, download and send files simultaneously. This is possible thanks to the company using Inmarsat I-4 civil communication satellites (the most advanced to date).

As for the terminal of use, it is not bigger or heavier than a standard laptop. In addition, it offers connection Wifi, Bluetooth, USB and LAN if you want to link another device.

The main function of this technology is to connect people who are in remote parts of the planet (except for the poles, given the terrestrial shape). It is designed for people who move from one place to another. Unlike VSAT technology, which requires an antenna that is difficult to install.

What are the main characteristics of Internet connections by BGAN?

What are the main characteristics of Internet connections by BGAN?

Within the functions of this communication system, we can establish the following basic characteristics:

  • Upload and download speed up to 492kbit per second.
  • Latency 1 to 1.5 seconds for background IP services.
  • 800ms per second for streaming services.
  • Compatibility with the main products of VPN.
  • Costs for megabyte 7.50 € (It varies slightly according to the contracted plan).
  • Calls voice by 1 euro per minute.
  • Easy setup (no need to be an expert).
  • Does not require precise positioning. Unlike other satellite dish systems.
  • Does not suffer due to changes in the conditions of the weather, for example, rain or cloudy days.

How does the BGAN improve other satellite Internet connections?

There are multiple Internet services via satellite. VSAT, iDirect, Tooway, among others. We will mention in this case the comparative advantages of BGAN over the others:

  • Easy handling of the terminal. Since it does not require locating or directing it as exactly as other systems. That is, you don’t need to focus on precise points in the sky.
  • Use L band type. Which facilitates its connection to the satellite in rainy or even snowy climates.
  • Recommended for mobile use. It is the best option to use on a trip, eventual video transmissions, rescue equipment, use at sea, etc.
  • Intended for individual users. While a VSAT connection can be cheaper if you consider that multiple people can connect to it. For eventual use, BGAN is ideal, because only the data used can be paid for.
  • It’s cheaper. The equipment required for the connection is less expensive compared to other systems. This is because it does not require parabolic antennas, professionals for installation, etc.
  • Coverage area. We are talking about the entire globe.
  • Portability. The terminals are similar in size to any laptop. In addition, they have a rechargeable battery, which is suitable for use in places without connection to the electrical network.

Types of BGAN What are the main services of these connections?

Types of BGAN What are the main services of these connections?

The satellite company Inmarsat offers different types of services for land mobile terminals. These are:


This service offers the possibility of connection Internet, phone, SMS, Fax and video calls. They are designed for all terminal models, except for the one used for M2M.

Standard +

Launched in 2017, it offers a plus over the previous one. You can access a unlimited internet use, in addition to the capabilities of its predecessor. 5MB per month is authorized, and in case of exceeding this transfer, it is paid later.


It means “machine to machine” Machine to machine. It is a service optimized for cases in which a minimum transfer. For example, control and monitoring devices. Only available for Hughes 9502 BGAN terminal model.


Main competence of VSAT systems. It is suitable for low mobility needs. Or of temporary establishment in a site. It offers up to 30 GB of monthly transfer and in some regions, unlimited. It can only be used with a BGAN Class 1 device. They can be moved up to 4 times a year with an extra cost for each movement.

Importance of BGAN What are the sectors that most need this type of connection?

Any person or institution that has financial means to purchase this equipment and service can do so. Although it would be a waste if you have a connection by land, since it is cheaper and stable. However, there are cases where such a tool is ideal. Let’s see them:

  • Media. It can be used for live broadcasts in areas without traditional coverage. Even war or wildlife photographers can submit their shots to the publisher in real time.
  • Expedition transportation. Especially the military, you can count on the ability to transmit data immediately from anywhere in the world.
  • Emergency services. We are not just talking about rescuers, BGAN is ideal for seismic prevention devices or other natural disasters.
  • Engineering companies. For example mines, since they are established for a long time in one place, but at the same time not permanently.

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