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Why Is BGAN Service So Expensive?
We agree that the cost of BGAN satellite Internet service is very expensive when compared to cellular services or other satellite dish services. The primary reason is because you are transmitting to a satellite over 22,000 miles away using the L-Band frequency. L-Band is the only frequency that allows a portable satellite antennas to deliver high-speed data over satellite. The good news is if one employs a few simple tricks while using a BGAN terminal, the cost of service can be drastically reduced.
Why L-Band Frequency is Expensive
The L-Band frequency is the same frequency used by satellite telephones that you may recall have very high $1 per minute calling costs. The L-Band has a very long wavelength and as such it has low effective bandwidth… or In other words, the amount of data that can be pushed though one L-Band satellite is much less than the Ku-Band or Ka-Band frequencies used by larger satellite dishes, such as iDirect, Hughesnet, Exede, and Ground Control. Since the L-Band effective bandwidth is smaller, the price for transmitting high speed data through it is much higher. However, with standard BGAN Internet service, you only pay for the data transferred, no matter how long you are online, unlike satellite telephones, where you are charged by the minute.
The greatest advantage of L-Band is it requires only a very small antenna to connect, so BGAN terminals are portable enough to carry. Satellite dishes on the other hand are very heavy, and only certified installers are allowed to point a fixed satellite dish. Obviously, cellular services do not have 100% coverage, and this is especially true during a disaster, such as a hurricanes or floods.
Reasons Why Buyers Choose BGAN
- BGAN terminals may be used ANYWHERE the sky can be seen …globally.
- BGAN terminals are carry portable, and can be pointed and operated by anyone.
- BGAN is a satellite service is reliable, even in areas of localized disasters such as floods.
- BGAN service rates can be drastically lowered by using BGAN Best Practices.
The Bottom Line
When High-Speed Internet connectivity is a requirement, no matter the location, BGAN service is the only viable “Carry Portable” solution we know of.