Satellite broadband terminals offer an always on data connection at speeds of up to 450kbps (model dependent). As they rely on satellite connection these terminals can be used for a connection even when terrestrial coverage is unavailable.
These terminals allow the user access to the following features:
If you only require a voice connection a satellite phone would suit your requirements.
Inmarsat BGAN terminals have the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data usage. (Requires additional handset)
Although the Thuraya terminal does not offer a plug in voice handset the data capability can be used to take advantage of VoIP services like Skype and WhatsApp voice.
Airtime costs vary depending on network and tariff as pre-paid and pay monthly options are available.
If the terminal is used infrequently or in case of emergency only a pre-paid tariff would be best. If usage is more constant a pay monthly option will allow lower costs per MB and means no hassle adding vouchers to top-up your balance.
Satellite broadband terminals are used by journalists all over the world to transmit live video reports. In this scenario it is of great importance that the connection is continuous and in this case the user can take advantage of a Streaming service – a guaranteed data speed available at a fixed cost per minute.
Streaming services are available at up to 700kbps on Inmarsat BGAN equipment and 384kbps on Thuraya.
* Traditional voice services only available on Inmarsat BGAN equipment