BGAN Class Types

BGAN class types refer to the maximum capable speeds of a BGAN terminal. These ratings are applied by Inmarsat, who certifies all BGAN terminals. Inmarsat states that all terminals must deliver no less than 70% of the published Inmarsat bit-rate for the class that it’s rated for.

The difference in speeds between a Class 1 and Class 2 BGAN terminal is quite small – a Class 1 is 94% as fast over a standard internet connection (charged by the megabyte).

The big difference between these BGAN class types is that a Class 1 has much faster streaming services that are charged by-the-minute. Streaming services are unshared data connections and are often used by news broadcasters to stream live video from remote locations and can cost over $25 per minute.

BGAN Terminal Class Definition

Class Upload Download Streaming Services
Standard Connect Standard Connect Unshared Connect. Charged by the minute connectio
BGAN Class 3 348Kbps 240Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps
BGAN Class 2 464Kbps 448Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps
BGAN Class 1 492Kbps 492Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps, 256Kbps, 450Kbps
BGAN Class 1 (HDR-capable) 492Kbps 492Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps, 256Kbps, 450Kbps and the new 650Kbps BGAN HDR service available with the Explorer 710 BGAN Terminal and the Hughes 9211
BGAN Terminal Class Streaming Speeds
Explorer 110 Class 3 32 and 64Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 300 Class 3 32 and 64Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 500 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 510 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Explorer 700 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 710 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450Kbps - and 650 Kbps HDR service
Hughes 9201 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Hughes 9202 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Hughes 9211 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450Kbps - and 650Kbps HDR service
Hughes 9502 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
MCD-4800 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Wideye iSavi Class 3 Streaming isn't available on the IsatHub network.
Wideye Sabre Class 3 32 and 64Kbps
Wideye Ranger Class 3 32 and 64Kbps
In-Motion BGAN Terminals Class Streaming Speeds
Explorer 325 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Explorer 727 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps - 450Kbps when parked
Hughes 9450-C11 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Hughes 9450-C10 Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176Kbps (and 256 Kbps when 45° from the horizon to vertical)
MCD-4800 Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Wideye Safari Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps

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