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Phone Service Over Satellite - VoIP Service & Equipment

$49.95 a month (includes 1000 free minutes per month and $0.04 cents per minute for additional minutes)
Available Worldwide For Fixed and Mobile Satellite Systems Using Ground Control's iDirect Satellite Service

Optimized and Cost Effective Voice Calling Over Satellite

If you require standard phone service over satellite, Ground Control specializes in Satellite VoIP phone equipment & service when using our iDirect network. Our Fixed or mobile dishes can have up to 10 simultaneous phone conversations with service rates comparable to terrestrial phone providers. And since our network is optimized for phone communication over satellite, callers are often unaware they are speaking over a satellite connection. This service is available globally.

VoIP Over Satellite Phone Equipment Options
Polycom 550 VoIP Phone

Polycom 550 VoIP Phone

Price $299

The Polycom 550 has been a field-proven phone solution for quality VoIP over satellite. This time tested phone works like the phone on any desk. more

Cisco ATA For Satellite

Cisco ATA VoIP Adapter - Connect Any Phone

Price $99

The Cisco ATA allows any standard corded or cordless phone to work with the Ground Control VoIP service. Each ATA Includes two phone ports that can each be assigned a local number from most any region from any country. more

Long Range Cordless Phones

Long-Range Cordless Phones - Up to 2 Mile Range

Up to 24 phones supported

These long-range cordless phones plug into the Cisco ATA (above) and allow anyone to stay connected to the Public Telephone network (PSTN) for up to 2 miles from the satellite system. These handset phones also act like Walkie-Talkies and allow long-range communication between handsets. more

Benefits Of VoIP Satellite Phone Service With Ground Control:

  • Plug-and-Play Crystal Clear Calls Over Our Premium Satellite Network.
  • Use any phone that will work identically to any landline phone, including a local phone number.
  • Connect 1 to 10 phones. Have 10 simultaneous calls over one satellite connection.
  • Low Latency (500-650 milliseconds), callers are often unaware they are speaking over satellite.
  • Monthly service is $49.95 per month and includes 1000 free minutes (16.6 hours) per month.
  • Anything over 1000 minutes is charged a reasonable $0.04 cents per minute.
  • Phones will work over ANY Internet connection, not just over our satellite network.
  • Move the phone anywhere. It keeps the same phone number no matter your location.
  • Phone service has all the standard features such as voicemail, activity, call-forwarding etc,..
  • Local phone numbers (in most counties) can be assigned to your phones.
  • Faxing over satellite - we offer FoIP services for using any group 3 fax machine.
  • Online Portal - Track your account online from anywhere. VoIP Login
  • Easy to start. All equipment is configured, tested and plug-and-play ready when shipped.

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VoIP Phone Calls Optimized for Satellite

Not all VoIP is the same, especially when it comes to making calls over satellite. Ground Control has minimized the delay between talking parties so that most will not be aware they are speaking over a satellite connection. Our network latency is one of the lowest in the satellite industry at 500-650 milliseconds using our iDirect VSAT Network. It also has an incredibly low bit error rate of below 10-9, which is defined as a clear channel and perfect for VoIP. Trust that we take care of the complexities of VoIP so you can take care of business.

Industry Solutions

  • Mobile command vehicles phone communication that use our mobile satellite dishes.
  • Rural buildings, homes, equipment, serviced only by satellite.
  • Backup phone service for organizations that require a secondary phone service.
  • Disaster communication for organizations that need to establish off-the-grid infrastructures.

Starting VoIP Phone Service with Ground Control
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Step 1. Pick A Phone
Any corded or cordless phone will work with the $99 Cisco ATA phone adapter. We also highly recommend our Polycom SoundPoint 550 VoIP phone for a time-tested, field-proven solution.

Service Plans

Step 2. Choose A Service Plan
There is only one service plan to choose. 1000 minutes (16.6 hours) for $49.95 a month. Anything over 16.6 hours is charged a reasonable 4 cents a minute.


Step 3. Choose A Phone Number From Any Area
You may choose any number from most any location. A person with a satellite dish in Texas or British Columbia or Afghanistan may wish to have a Denver phone number.

Ethernet Plug

Step 4. Plug The Phone Into The Satellite LAN
After your account is provisioned, your phone is plug-and-play. It will have a standard dial-tone, a "local" number, and the ability to make and receive calls from anyone on the planet.

  Ground Control's Optimized VoIP Over Satellite Service
   VoIP Service Plan (global)
Free Minutes
per month
+1000 Minutes
cost per minute
Monthly Cost
(U.S. Dollars)
   Ground Control Standard VoIP Service 1000 Minutes* $0.04 cents* $49.95
   Optional Priority VoIP Service $80 per line
   Optional Priority FoIP Service (FAX) using optimal 711u Codec (80x80Kbps CIR) More Info
   Optional International Phone Number (choose a LOCAL number from most any country) $0

 bullet *Cost per minute is based on a U.S./Canadian VoIP number calling a U.S./Canadian phone.
 bullet Please ask for competitive rates for calls made outside the assigned VoIP country local number.
 bullet VoIP Services from Ground Control have a one year term that reverts to month-to-month at end of term.
 bullet There is a one time $49 equipment provisioning fee and a $59.95 VoIP line activation fee with purchase.
 bullet All plans include numerous features such as voicemail, call activity, call forwarding, speed dialing, etc.

VoIP Services Details

Standard VoIP Service

For $49.95 a month, VoIP service includes 1000 minutes (16.6 hours) each month, which calculates to is $0.05 cents per minute. Additional minutes are billed at $0.04 cents per minute, which is less than the in-plan minute rate. Service begins upon provisioning of the VoIP phone and activation of VoIP service for that phone. Service includes voicemail, caller ID, call activity, call forwarding, speed dialing, and a web interface to check status and change parameters.. Please call for our international calling rates. You may visit the Ground Control VoIP Customer Login for a users guide of our VoIP service.

Priority VoIP Service

When calling is critical, Priority VoIP Service will give VoIP calls priority over other traffic on the satellite link (this is referred to as QoS or Quality of Service). In addition, Priority VoIP Service creates a 20x20Kbps CIR Committed Information Rate dedicated unshared VoIP data channel to the VoIP connection assuring full speed is available for the voice stream. Priority VoIP Service mitigates potential problems such as voice dropouts and reduced voice quality issues. In many cases Priority VoIP Service is not needed, however if crystal clear, guaranteed voice communication is required, this service is recommended. Priority VoIP Service may be added to an existing VoIP account at any time. Priority VoIP cost is $80 (USD) per month.

Priority FoIP Service (FAX)

Our Fax services uses the optimal 711u Codec with a 80x80 Kbps dedicated unshared channel for the highest in FoIP service. Ground Control offers a clear compatible channel for Fax transmissions using any Fax machine with a standard RJ-11 connection. We use the optimal G.711u 80 Kbps codec to optimize Fax transmissions from any location in the world. More Information on Priority Fax Service.

International Phone Number

You may have a local phone number from most ANY country. Our 1000 minute $49.95 rate will apply to most territories for calls made to or from that country. This service is free. Please call Ground Control for more information on calling rates and country availability.

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Connect 1 to 10 Phones

Connect as many phones through the satellite link as there is capacity. Each phone uses a 20x20 Kbps stream when in use, so the connection is well within the uplink channel speed. For example, if you have a 1Mbps uplink, you could easily have 10 (or more) phones talking simultaneously. And at 20Kbps, you can talk for 6.6 minutes before you transfer one Megabyte.

Follow Me - Phones Can Move Anywhere

VoIP phones provisioned by Ground Control may be used anywhere, not just over the satellite connection for which they are optimized. Simply connect the phone to any Ethernet port that issues a (DHCP) IP address, and our servers will establish a link with the phone and activate it for use. This "Follow Me" feature is perfect for field professionals who travel or have multiple offices.

VoIP Phones From Ground Control

Most corded or cordless SIP phones work with our VoIP service, however, we recommend either of the systems below that we will configure, provision and test before shipping.

Polycom 550 VoIP Phone Cisco ATA for VoIP Over Satellite

Our popular Polycom Soundpoint 550 multi-function SIP compliant phone has been time tested in the field and acts like the phone on the desk, including a blinking voicemail light. This phone does not require any additional equipment to operate. Cost is $299.
PDF Icon Polycom 550 Brochure

The Cisco ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) allows you to purchase or use ANY standard corded or cordless phones. You may connect up to 2 phones to the ATA, each with different local phone numbers. The cost of the Cisco ATA is $99.
PDF Icon ATA Brochure PDF Icon Cisco ATA Guide

Long-Range Cordless Phones

Stay connected up to 2 miles from the satellite system.

Free the phone from the wire and work at distance from the satellite system. Our solutions provide 4 phone handsets, each with their own local phone number. Handsets may also communicate with each other.

More Information on Long-Range Cordless Phones

Online Portal - Activity - Voice Mail - Call Forwarding

Each phone number can access numerous options such as detailed call activity, voicemail, call forwarding (up to 4 phones), speed dialing, ...all the standard options. Here is a link to the Ground Control VoIP Customer Login

PBX - Advanced Routing

Ground Control can route call traffic to your PBX, and eliminate the monthly usage cost. Please call us for integration pricing and information on this service.

Ground Control Satellite Dish Equipment & Service - United States

If you do not already have an iDirect satellite system and service with Ground Control, here are links to Fixed Location Satellite Equipment and Mobile Satellite Equipment.

Choose an iDirect Service Area for any region

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