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BGAN Service Provided by Ground Control
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Ground Control offers several ways to secure your BGAN network connection:

1. BGAN Firewall Controls - free custom rules for each BGAN SIM card - more
2. IPSec VPN to one of the Inmarsat SAS IPSec points worldwide - more
3. Co-Location customer owned VPN hardware at an Inmarsat SAS point worldwide - more
4. Point-to-Point VPN end-to-end VPN using customer equipment - more
5. A Private BGAN Network
via MPLS to an Inmarsat SAS points - more
6. ISDN Private line, an alternative to leased-line private networking - more

BGAN Security Options
The above graphic is a partial list of BGAN security options with Ground Control


1. BGAN Firewall Controls - Free
Included with all Ground Control BGAN Subscriptions. $0 setup and $0 per month
Firewall rules, or a whitelist of IP addresses, protocols and ports can to limit what incoming or outgoing traffic is permitted over the BGAN network. The firewall rules are placed at the Inmarsat teleport and they can effectively block all unauthorized traffic not defined on the whitelist. Implementing a firewall is easy and there is no cost. Firewalls if used properly can reduce a service bill by thousands of dollars since there will be no unauthorized or background traffic occurring. Here are details on BGAN Firewall Controls.


2. IPSec VPN to Inmarsat - Avoids Public IP Costs
SAS BGAN Teleports at New York, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Amsterdam

One Time $795 provisioning fee, then $75 to $199 per month depending on number of connected sites
Use your IPSec VPN capable routers to connect to our IPSec routers at one of the above Inmarsat BGAN teleports. Since the VPN does not go over the satellite link (which is itself highly secure), VPN performance is excellent and the overhead VPN data does not add to the cost of using the BGAN network. VPN performance over the BGAN network takes a tremendous hit in performance since latency is 1200 to 1700 milliseconds. Also VPN adds significantly to the total amount of data transferred over the satellite link, and with the cost of BGAN charging by the Megabyte transferred, it makes sence to terminate the VPN at the nearest SAS teleport. One great advantage to using a IPSec VPN is that individual BGAN terminals do not need to be issued public IP addresses at a cost of $25 per SIM. Included in the cost are Private IP addresses which in effect pays for IPSec VPN if multiple terminals are used. Please email sales@groundcontrol.com for more information


3. Co-Location VPN at Inmarsat - Avoids Public IP Costs
SAS BGAN Teleports at New York, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Amsterdam

One Time $1,500 Equipment Installation/crossconnect and approximately $300/mo depending on power draw and rack size.
Pricing of $300/month based on 1RU VPN device such as a Cisco ASA. May connect 1 or 100 remote sites. Please email.

Similar to IPSec VPN, Co-Location lets your firm install your own VPN hardware at one of the Inmarsat SAS locations. Like IPSec VPN, Co-Location VPN terminates at one of the Inmarsat SAS locations, so there is no performance drop common with VPN over a high latency satellite link. Second, there is no need to configure individual remote equipment with a VPN since all remote traffic is privately routed through the Inmarsat network to your Co-Located VPN hardware, thus avoiding the $25 per SIM monthly charge on Public IP addresses. Also, the monthly cost does not change if you have 1 or 100 remote sites. Please email sales@groundcontrol.com for more information


4. Point-to-Point VPN
- Free - Requires no permission to implement
You may use your own VPN at the remote site and connect it over the satellite link to your home server at no added cost to your existing service. There no need to inform Ground Control that you are using a VPN over your BGAN network link. Please note that VPN performance over satellite will increase the amount of data transferred and not all VPNs work well over satellite. It is advisable to test a solution to confirm it operates within required specifications. However, most VPN solutions can work over a satellite link.


5. Private BGAN Network
Please call or email for pricing
Ground Control can establish an MPLS connection from the Inmarsat SAS to your organization's network. Any solution can be discussed, and applications are integrated by a specialized Inmarsat IT engineering team. To ensure that if you are developing an efficient worldwide network, we will offer you the best and most cost effective solution. If your organization requires MPLS, we highly recommend using IPSec VPN for testing, and switching to MPLS routing for the long term.
Please email sales@groundcontrol.com for more information


6. ISDN Private Line
Please call or email for pricing
Much like a leased line, Ground Control can establish the same connection via a standard ISDN 64Kbps line, which can save on monthly data line expense to any Inmarsat SAS. While slower than a leased line solution, ISDN speeds are consistent because the data line is not shared.
Please email sales@groundcontrol.com for more information


BGAN Service to Consider

BGAN Terminal Web Portal - Monitor and Control
$19 per month per terminal plus one-time activation fee per Hughes 9502 terminal.
This web portal allows you to see the mapped GPS location of your BGAN Terminal(s), see the live usage totals (7 minute delay) of any terminal from any selected time range, wake-up or put to sleep any terminal, give it geo-fenced boundaries of operation, and have a detailed historic list of all actions. Track, monitor and control your BGAN Terminals for $19 a month, and there are no terms contracts. Cancel anytime. More

Helping You Choose
To facilitate the process of determining which connectivity solution best fits your organization and existing network, we have a number of ICT experts, including specialists at Inmarsat available for consulation. Please call or email us at sales@groundcontrol.com and we'll start the process with the specialist that can aid you in a decision.


 

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