Overview - BGAN

About BGAN and BGAN Radio Module

Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) is an L-Band geo-stationary satellite-based broadband network.

Small, lightweight mobile and portable terminals provide on-demand data rates at up to 512 Kbps or dedicated streaming at up to 650Kbps, enabling Internet Protocol (IP) access to broadband data (internet (also Streaming IP) and email), SMS, and voice capabilities simultaneously, as part of a secure, reliable and cost-effective solution.

Global coverage - with the exception of the extreme polar regions - is provided by two I-4 satellites plus Alphasat, delivering services with 99.9 per cent satellite and ground network availability for Land, Maritime and Aero markets.




Inmarsat’s BGAN Radio Module (BRM) is a credit card-sized core module board housing a full-duplex BGAN modem which enables Inmarsat Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) Partners to integrate BGAN connectivity into their User Terminals. The BRM can be used with various Front End Module (FEM) and antenna configurations, and includes a RESTful command interface accessed via Ethernet.

It enables VAMs to fast-track and reduce costs for development of BGAN User Terminals (any Class); streamlines the Type Approval process; uses a single, standardised integrated chipset (RFIC); and can be integrated into a variety of M2M; Land; Maritime - and, in the future, Aero - solutions.

The BGAN Radio Module is expected to work with a wide range of existing and new components, from mobile, fixed or portal antennas to application boards and RF Front End Modules.

For more information, please refer to the Hardware section.

Services Supported

  • IP Background Data Connectivity (data rates at up to 512Kbps)
  • Streaming Data (up to 650Kbps)
  • Voice (Inmarsat VoIP service)
  • SMS
  • Remote Management