Inmarsat Satellite Phones and Product Information
Founded in 1979, Inmarsat was originally created as an intergovernmental organization to ensure that ships could stay in touch by satellite phone. Inmarsat has evolved into a leader in the mobile satellite services industry and was the first to transform from an intergovernmental organization to a private company in 1999. In 2007 Inmarsat is publically traded on the London Stock Exchange (ISAT). They are recognized as a pioneer in their field and continue to introduce new technologies that redefine the mobile satellite services industry.
Inmarsat operates twelve geosynchronous satellites and provides voice and data satellite communication worldwide using its special terminals. The Inmarsat terminals provide satellite communication to a ground station through one of their twelve satellites. The network provides reliable satellite communications to governments, emergency services, news media, and businesses that need communication in areas with no reliable landline or cellular services.
In keeping with its government agency beginnings, Inmarsat offers global maritime distress and safety services (GMDSS) to aircrafts and ships at no charge.
Inmarsat’s services include voice, high speed data services, data tracking services, safety and distress services. Calls using the Inmarsat service have dropped to a level comparable to international roaming cost. Airtime charges for voice services are one flat rate from any location in the world.
Inmarsat’s new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service now enables TV broadcasters to beam live videophone news to millions of homes even from areas where all other communication has been disrupted. This new IP technology gives the customer (always on service) where the customer is only charged for the amount of data they send or receive instead of the amount of time they are on-line. This is a great value to the user, because they could be on-line reading an email or website at no charge.