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FCC grants approval for Inmarsat's US BGAN service.


The US's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted approval for Inmarsat, a satellite-services provider based in London, UK, to begin introduction of a new broadband service in the US.

Inmarsat's broadband global area network (BGAN) service provides data speeds of up to 500kb/s for users and enables them to make calls or send e-mail and video through the system, which uses a geostationary satellite.

According to Inmarsat's chief operating officer Michael Butler, the service will cost no more than competing satellite communications systems from GlobalStar Telecommunications and Iridium Satellite. Butler said the BGAN service is expected to appeal most to emergency workers, providing new capabilities and helping first responders as they plan for the approaching hurricane season in the US.

Inmarsat introduced the service over Europe earlier in 2006, having invested USD1.5bn to start roll-out of BGAN, and intends to place a third satellite over Asia.

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Date:May 16, 2006
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