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BGAN Coverage

Satellite footprints form seven overlapping regions

Our BGAN coverage from Inmarsat is global. Any BGAN terminal will operate in any country within any of the three coverage areas above with any of BGAN Satellite service plans. Also, any BGAN terminal may move to any location and connect with any of the satellites without need to reconfigure the system or need to purchase any different service plan (ideal for world travelers).

 

BGAN Coverage Map

This map depicts Inmarsat’s expectations of coverage post repositioning of its I-4 satellites. This map does not represent a guarantee of service. The availability of service at the edge of coverage areas fluctuates depending on various conditions.

BGAN Coverage Map
 

Satellite Access Stations and the Primary NOC

Inmarsat has 32 Satellite Access Stations (SAS) at strategic locations through the world that are all privately interconnected. The 6 primary SAS stations are located in New York, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, and Amsterdam. The Primary Network Operations Center (NOC) is located in London UK and performs the coordination of all network activities, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Satellite Names and Orbital Locations

I-4 Americas 98° West
I-4 EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa) 25° East
I-4 Asia-Pacific 143.5° East

 

Excellent In Stormy Weather

Since a BGAN terminal uses the L-band for reception and transmission (the L-band has a very long wavelength), it is able penetrate through clouds and other atmospheric condition far better than large satellite dishes.

 

Can BGAN Be Used On A Ship or Boat?

Inmarsat may once have had a policy to suspend BGAN service for those on the open ocean, but we have not seen them turn off service to anyone for over 5 years. Rumor is today they will not turn you off.

As for waterways and lakes, there are no vessel restrictions. We recommend the In-Motion Wideye Safari, our or cased MCD-4800 that has its own power. For fixed terminals, we recommend the Explorer 300, the Explorer 500 and the Hughes 9202 BGAN terminals if motion is limited. These BGAN terminals have wide angle signal locks, where a terminal may be off by more than 10 degrees, and still maintain connectivity.

Please note that Inmarsat has created FleetBroadband which uses the same BGAN network, but deploys sea worthy antennas & terminals for connectivity.

 

Beams cover oceans and land masses

Our satellites transmit radio beams that form seven overlapping regions across the globe. Their combined footprint provides seamless worldwide communications coverage, except in the extreme Polar Regions, from latitudes 76 degrees North to 76 South, with limited service (not guaranteed) up to +/-80 degrees.

As Inmarsat was founded as a maritime communications operator, the first wholly-owned constellations − the Inmarsat-2 and Inmarsat-3 series − are located above the sea to form four ocean regions:

  • Atlantic Ocean Region West (AOR-W), at 54 degrees West
  • Atlantic Ocean Region East (AOR-E), at 15.5 degrees West
  • Indian Ocean Region (IOR), at 64 degrees East
  • Pacific Ocean Region (POR), at 178 degrees East.

Following the full deployment of the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite constellation in 2009, a further three satellite regions were created over the Earth’s major land masses. They are:

  • I-4 Americas, at 98 degrees West
  • I-4 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), at 25 degrees East
  • I-4 Asia-Pacific, at 143.5 degrees East.

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