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

ClassUpload DownloadStreaming Services
Standard ConnectStandard ConnectUnshared Connect. Charged by the minute connection.
BGAN Class 3 348Kbps 240Kbps32Kbps, 64Kbps
BGAN Class 2464Kbps 448Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps
BGAN Class 1492Kbps492Kbps 32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps, 256Kbps, 450Kbps
BGAN Class 1 (HDR-capable)492Kbps 492Kbps32Kbps, 64Kbps, 128Kbps, 256Kbps, 450Kbps and the new 650Kbps BGAN HDR service available with the Explorer 710 BGAN Terminal and the Hughes 9211
BGAN TerminalClassStreaming Speeds
Explorer 110Class 332 and 64Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 300Class 332 and 64Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 500Class 232, 64, and 128Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 510Class 232, 64, and 128Kbps
Explorer 700Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Explorer 710Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450Kbps - and 650 Kbps HDR service
Hughes 9201Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450Kbps (discontinued BGAN terminal)
Hughes 9202Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Hughes 9211Class 1 32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450Kbps - and 650Kbps HDR service
Hughes 9502Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
MCD-4800Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Wideye iSaviClass 3Streaming isn't available on the IsatHub network.
Wideye SabreClass 332 and 64Kbps
Wideye RangerClass 332 and 64Kbps
In-Motion BGAN TerminalsClassStreaming Speeds
Explorer 325Class 2 32, 64, and 128Kbps
Explorer 727Class 132, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps - 450Kbps when parked
Hughes 9450-C11Class 232, 64, and 128Kbps
Hughes 9450-C10Class 132, 64, 128, 176Kbps (and 256 Kbps when 45° from the horizon to vertical)
MCD-4800Class 232, 64, and 128Kbps
Wideye SafariClass 232, 64, and 128Kbps