Hughes Network Systems has launched the first portable BGAN terminal, the Hughes 9211-HDR, to instantly support comms-on-the-move applications.

The Hughes 9211-HDR combined portable/mobile satellite terminal works by docking with a Class 10 or Class 11 mobile active tracking antenna mounted on a vehicle.

It can connect at background IP speeds of up to 400+ kbps in both transmit and receive, while being used as a portable or on-the-move application.

Dockable accessory
By using the dockable mobile accessory antenna, the Hughes 9211-HDR can be used as both a portable device or to establish comms while on the move, making it ideal for media, Government agencies, emergency responders, and remote and mobile workers who require reliable, high-speed connectivity in both portable and mobile environments.

“The Hughes 9211-HDR combined portable/mobile satellite terminal offers ground-breaking user versatility,” said Graham Avis, Vice President and General Manager of Hughes San Diego.

“Imagine using a 9211-HDR as a portable device to complete a high data rate session at 650+ kbps, then getting back into your vehicle to dock your 9211-HDR to a mobile antenna on the vehicle’s roof and using the 9211-HDR for voice and data using a wired Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection while on-the-move. Never before has this user scenario been possible in this fashion using a BGAN terminal.”

Significant value
“We are very excited about this new combined portable/mobile BGAN capability,” said Greg Ewert, President of Inmarsat Enterprise.

“As we continue to evolve and enhance our BGAN service, we anticipate a broad range of new applications that the 9211-HDR will enable, which will add significant value for our customers around the world.

“Higher bandwidth mobility services are becoming a necessity. The innovation of the Hughes 9211-HDR, combined with the global broadband reach of Inmarsat, make this a reality.”