It seems Inmarsat has a serious challenger in the arena of satellite modems. With the recent launch of the ThurayaIP I am sure that many in the humanitarian community are now considering this newcomer as a worthy alternative to the BGAN. Until now the BGAN was really the only option for remote INTERNET connectivity when heading to the field. The spec’s are impressive (the size of an A5 sheet of paper, built in 802.11b WiFi, and Skype compatible) I think this new entry will give the venerable BGAN a run for it’s money.
Check this out:
- “Standard” background IP service with bandwidth of up to 444 Kbps for Internet access, etc
- Dedicated streaming IP services ranging from 16 Kbps to 384 Kbps for bandwidth hungry applications like video streaming.
- Absolutely Portable – Exceptionally small in size (A5 size), ThurayaIP can be easily moved across locations and set up instantly.
- Highly Competitive – Offers the most attractive and competitive service with volume based charging via various bundling options and unlimited usage price plans.
- Robust – Conforms to IP 55 standard ingress protection standards; enabling outdoor installation in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time.
- Unmatched Flexibility – Easy to use in both portable and semi-fixed environments. Instant LAN setup through multi-user support allows an entire team to share a single unit.
- Convenience– Simply connect ThurayaIP to a laptop, point to the satellite and enjoy satellite Broadband services.
- Stand Alone – Easy to setup and start working- no laptop or PC is required to navigate setup. An embedded button and LCD in the terminal guides you through the whole setup control.
- Complete security with GmPRS encryption algorithm (GEA2) – Connect seamlessly via your preferred VPN application.