NØRRESUNDBY, Denmark -- GateHouse Telecom celebrated a milestone recently when it licensed the 100,000th Inmarsat BGAN terminal. It estimates GateHouse IP covers 50% of all Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals on the market.
These terminals are applied globally in all segments of satellite services, including land, maritime, offshore, aeronautic, enterprise, space, government and military. GateHouse Telecom is a major contributor of protocol expertise in the Inmarsat community and plays a significant role in bringing terminals to the market and supporting requirements for testing of terminals prior to launch.
"Our journey began in 1999 with a contract to develop a protocol stack for Inmarsat GAN -- Global Area Network. The successful cooperation led to GateHouse Telecom being chosen as a horizontal supplier of the protocol stack for BGAN -- Broadband Global Area Network -- which was launched with the I-4 satellites in 2005," said Thomas Jensen, GateHouse Telecom director.
This achievement validates the quality of not only GateHouse Telecom's development efforts but also the longevity of the BGAN system. Inmarsat BGAN is a mature and reliable system that has been able to hold its own against pressure from other competing systems, first from maritime safety solutions and subsequently with a variety of emerging service offerings. Over the years, GateHouse Telecom has worked closely with Inmarsat to support protocol development to encompass development of new and advanced features.
The role of satellite communication and connectivity is growing. GateHouse Telecom will use all its experience and knowledge to support the increasing demand for connectivity in future applications. The vendor's software is now embedded in approximately half of all satcom terminals available, information GateHouse Telecom is using to forge its future strategy, said Jensen.
"The revolution, for instance the use of low-cost satellites, will open the mobile satellite market for more than just a few network operators, and software developers like us need to be ready for that. Therefore, we are currently working on initiatives that will support applications in a much more diverse satellite communications market," he said.
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