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K58 How does BGAN compare to Iridium?


VOICE SERVICES: If all that want is basic voice service, then Iridium offers small portable handsets. BGAN also offers voice service and that service would tend to be more reliable and have very few call drops compared to Iridium, which already does wonderful. A land portable BGAN has the disadvantage that its antenna must be pointed at fixed position in the sky during calls whereas the Iridium phones use omni-directional antennas and can be moved around.

DATA SERVICES: If you need broadband internet access, then you should in most cases choose BGAN over Iridium. Iridium handsets such as the Iridium 9555 offer 2.4 kbps which compares very poorly to Inmarsat BGAN standard IP data rates that can reach up to 492 kbps.

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Date added: 2015-03-02 16:15:06
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