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  BGAN X–Stream ™ 
  For superior video quality
   
 
BGAN X-Stream is Inmarsat's premium IP streaming service. It guarantees streaming data rates from a minimum of 384kbps up to approximately 450kbps, on demand. These are the fastest on-demand streaming rates in the world of mobile satellite communications.
   
 
Using a single, highly compact, lightweight BGAN terminal, you can deliver even higher quality video back to the studio when broadcasting remotely, wherever you are. There is no need for an external antenna or any additional hardware - just use your existing Hughes HNS 9201 or TT EXPLORER 700 terminal.
   
 
Watch a short BGAN X-Stream video to get an appreciation of the quality of the service  -  BGAN X-Stream 176kbps clip
For the purposes of showing them on our website, the files have been compressed.  the quality of the clips and the BGAN IP streaming video in the clips may be adversely affected.
   
 
  • Fastest video streaming speeds available via satellite using a highly compact, portable terminal
  • Higher quality video delivered back to the studio via a single terminal when broadcasting remotely
  • No external antenna or any additional hardware required - just your existing HNS 9201 or EXPLORER 700 BGAN terminal
  • Save money by replacing SNG trucks with BGAN terminals using BGAN X-Stream, thanks to enhanced video quality
  • Globally accessible, so you can use BGAN X-Stream wherever the next story breaks
  • No compatibility issues - tested and configured to work with the leading professional video applications and codecs
   
 

All BGAN Terminals have special streaming services, which are simply unshared channels to the Internet on the BGAN network. While streaming video can be done on the standard network connection (see examples below), the special streaming services are helpful to avoid video or audio drop outs. Streaming services (an unshared connection) are Charged by the Minute, while the Connect Standard service (a shared connection) is Charged by the Megabyte Transferred.

BGAN X-Stream may be selected on the BGAN Launchpad:

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  How It Works
The option to choose streaming services for your BGAN Network connection is located on the BGAN Launchpad when the terminal first logs into the network. Click on the Data tab to display the option of Connect Standard (per Megabyte charge) or any of the available Streaming (per minute charge) services.

All streaming services are available on all BGAN plans with EX4U Telecom.  Selecting a streaming services means they will be charged by the minute.


  Streaming Capabilities of BGAN Terminals
Smaller BGAN terminals like the Wideye Sabre and the Explorer 300 are not capable of the faster streaming speeds available. Below are the available streaming speed for each terminal:
 
 BGAN Terminal   Available Streaming Capabilities
     
Stationary Systems    
 Wideye Sabre 1   32 and 64Kbps
 Explorer 110   32 and 64 Kbps
 Explorer 300   32 and 64Kbps
 Explorer 500
  32, 64 and 128 Kbps
 Explorer 700    32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps BGAN X-Stream
 Hughes 9201    32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps BGAN X-Stream
     
In-Motion Systems    
Explorer 325    32, 64 and 128 Kbps
Explorer 727   32, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps
Hughes 9350-C10   32, 64, 128,176 and 256 Kbps
Hughes 9350-C11   32, 64 and 128 Kbps

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  BGAN X-Stream FAQ  - Frequent Asked Questions
   
  What is X-Stream?
BGAN X-Stream is Inmarsat's new premium IP streaming service. It offers guaranteed, on demand streaming data rates from a minimum of 384kbps up to approximately 450kbps.
   
  What is unique about BGAN X-Stream?
For the size and weight of the terminal, BGAN X-Stream delivers the lastest, on demand streaming rates available in the world of mobile satellite communications.
   
  Who is it for?
BGAN X-Stream will appeal to BGAN customers who utilise bandwidth-hungry applications, and in particular UDP applications such as video streaming eg. broadcast media and government users.
   
  What are the benefits of BGAN X-Stream?
It delivers the fastest video streaming speeds available via satellite using a highly compact, portable terminal:
  • To achieve these faster speeds you do not need an external antenna or any additional hardware
  • With a single terminal, news gathering teams can deliver even higher quality video back to the studio when broadcasting remotely
  • As video quality is vastly improved, news companies can now consider replacing their SNG trucks with BGAN terminals that use BGAN X-Stream, thus saving money
  • BGAN X-Stream works with the leading professional video applications and codecs
   
  Can I use my existing BGAN terminal to access BGAN X-Stream?
BGAN X-Stream is accessible with a TT EXPLORER 700 or Hughes HNS 9201. There is no need to purchase any additional equipment to access the BGAN X-Stream service.
   
  Will I have to upgrade the terminal software?
Inmarsat always recommends that you have the latest terminal software. However, you are not required to specifically upgrade the terminal software to use BGAN X-Stream. It is likely that a firmware upgrade will be available in the very near future, subject to Inmarsat approval, that will offer additional features for the new service.
   
  How will the BGAN X-Stream rate effect my current application that I use with BGAN?
If you are using a video streaming application that can make use of the new BGAN X-Stream service, Inmarsat recommends that you contact us about configuration to make best use of the service.
   
  Will BGAN X-Stream work on my existing SIM card?
Service providers will be able to provision BGAN X-Stream on some packages. Please contact us as availability may vary.
   
  Do any amendments to my SIM card affect the length of my current contract?
As this does not constitute a change of package, there should be no change to your existing contract.
   
  What happens to existing BGAN streaming rates?
All existing BGAN IP streaming rates will remain in the portfolio until further notice.
   
  Will BGAN X-Stream be compatible with common broadcasting applications?
As with current BGAN streaming rates, BGAN X-Stream is compatible with leading broadcast video applications. Inmarsat has conducted rigorous testing to ensure that these applications have been configured to make best use of the new BGAN X-Stream service. Please contact us for more information.
   
  Will any other services be affected by these upgrades?
No other services will be affected by these upgrades.
   
  Where is BGAN X-Stream accessible?
The service is accessible worldwide. Please refer to the BGAN coverage map here .
   
  How can I get BGAN X-Stream on my BGAN terminal?
Contact us here to change the activation on your SIM card to enable the BGAN X-Stream service and also to ensure end-to-end connectivity.
   
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