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October 17, 2008

Virgin Offers BGAN Satellite Services in Canada

By Eve Sullivan, TMCnet Editor

Virgin Technologies is now licensed to offer BGAN Satellite Services in Canada, giving customers access to Inmarsat’s (News - Alert) portable BGAN satellite terminals and allowing them to stay connected anywhere.
Robert Smibert, Virgin president and CEO, says the BGAN license is an exciting move forward for market potential and being able to offer such portable, mobile connectivity to the company’s customers.
“Canadians have been waiting for a portable, lightweight telecommunication solution that can keep them connected anywhere they go on the planet, facilitate multiple users, and enable them to transmit and receive streaming video, voice, or other bandwidth-intensive data,” Smibert said. “Obtaining our Industry Canada license enables us to offer this new BGAN service directly to Canadians. We look forward to helping mobile professionals, emergency responders, the military and other organizations operate more efficiently and communicate with their roaming personnel more effectively.”
Virgin Technologies, based in Alberta, is a provider of satellite telecommunications solutions and services to organizations, government agencies and professionals across North America. The company provides industry-specific satellite telecommunications and services such as VoIP telephone, fax and VPN over satellite via its own commercial grade satellite network, V-LINK.
The BGAN service is newly-available to the Canadian marketplace and Virgin is one of two licensed BGAN providers in the country. BGAN is an offering for “on the move” customers, including military, emergency responders, exploration and construction, professionals, disaster recovery and news gathering agencies.
BGAN provides broadband data and voice services, as well as the services via portable, lightweight satellite terminals – some smaller than a laptop.
BGAN’s website says you can set up a broadband mobile office in minutes – wherever you are on the planet. It says you can access your data applications at speeds up to half a megabit and make a phone call at the same time.
The company says it’s ideal for use in remote areas of the world where wireless, terrestrial, cable or other broadband telecommunication service is unavailable. Its website shows a short video of a man setting up his office in a remote country and on a hilltop.
For more information, customers can contact Virgin Technologies or visit

Eve Sullivan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Eve's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Eve Sullivan

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