Innovation award honours pioneers of BGAN

satelite-dishes14-05-2008 – Two Inmarsat experts have been presented with an innovation award by the mobile satellite industry for leading the development of BGAN.

The Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) presented its innovation award to Inmarsat’s chief scientist Marcus Vilaça and director of systems and network engineering, Alan Howell, at its annual conference in Baltimore in the US on May 13.

MSUA president Tim Farrar said: “The award recognises the exciting new broadband applications that BGAN has enabled on a worldwide basis – including highly portable video, data and voice communications.”

Transforming communications
Both Marcus and Alan are proud that Inmarsat’s team has been recognised for introducing a system which has transformed global mobile broadband communications.

Alan said: “The award is all the more welcome because it came out of the blue. It’ s great that the industry is recognising that BGAN is a highly innovative system.

“Both Marcus and I feel a lot of personal attachment to BGAN – the fact that other people recognise its capabilities too is even more appreciated.”

The pair started working on ideas for a new system back in 1995 – focusing on trying to harness emerging technologies such as the internet and mobile data.

The team expanded over time, and BGAN owes its success to the effort and dedication of all those involved in the project.

Future success
And it was the move to develop a satellite version of the universal mobile telecommunications mobile broadband system – for people who are out of range of terrestrial services – which eventually proved pivotal to Inmarsat’s future success.

The team carried out painstaking research, working with external companies to create a flexible and efficient standard BGAN system – which could deliver high-speed data and voice services simultaneously – via satellite.

Alan said: “The result was a very capable system which can continue to be evolved and built on over time.”

Links: Immarsat, BGAN, Mobile Satellite Users Association

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