VoIP Phone Over Satellite Range

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 satellite network.

Our fixed or mobile dishes can easily support 1 or 10 simultaneous phone conversations at service rates comparable to terrestrial phone providers. The best part of our optimized iDirect network is callers are often unaware they are speaking over a satellite connection. We offer our VoIP service globally.

Benefits Of VoIP Satellite Phone Service

  • Plug-and-Play Optimized Phone Service Over Our Premium Satellite Network.

  • Public Safety organizations have 10-day per month priority service use pricing.

  • Use any phone that will work identically to any landline phone, including a local phone number.

  • Connect one to 10 phones. Have 10 simultaneous calls over one satellite connection.

  • Low Latency (500-650 milliseconds), callers are often unaware they're speaking over satellite.

  • Monthly cost of service is $49.95 per month for 1000 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.

  • Faxing over satellite - we offer FoIP services for using any group 3 fax machine.

  • Phone service has all the standard features such as voicemail, activity, call-forwarding etc.

  • Easy to start. All equipment is configured, tested and is plug-and-play ready when shipped.

Cisco ATA VoIP

Use Any Phone

The Cisco ATA allows any corded or cordless phone to use Ground Control's VoIP service. Each ATA Includes two phone ports, each of which may be assigned a local number from most any region from any country. more

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Cisco ATA VoIP

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.

Polycom VVX411 VoIP Phone

Our popular Polycom VVX-411 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.

Polycom VVX411 VoIP Phone

Fully Commissioned, Plug-And-Play

The Polycom VVX411 is a field-proven phone solution for quality VoIP over satellite. This time tested phone works like the phone on any desk.

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Red Phone

Critical Voice Communications

Red Phones are able to stay connected to other Red Phones anywhere in North America during the most sever outage of any kind.

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Red Phone

Red Phones connect with other Red Phones for full voice communication during the most sever and widespread phone, cellular, or Internet outages. By using the Ground Control satellite network, Red Phones are independent of any terrestrial network.

Ground Control’s Optimized VoIP Over Satellite Service

VoIP Service PlansFree Minutes per month+1000 Minutes cost per minuteMonthly Cost U.S. Dollars
Emergency VoIP 10 Days per Month Plan Includes Priority VoIP Service, a $40/mo savings over standard VoIP + Priority.1000 Minutes*$0.04 cents*$89.95/mo (Includes Priority VoIP Service)
Ground Control Standard VoIP Service Standard Service is for a full month1000 Minutes*$0.04 cents*$49.95/mo
Red Phone Critical Voice Communication Off-The-Grid Red Phones are able to stay connected to other Red Phones, no matter where they are located in North America, and no matter how sever the outage. Please ask about promotional discounts.All Minutes FreeFree$49 Annually Includes Phone
Optional Priority VoIP Service$80 per line
Optional Priority FoIP Service (FAX) using optimal 711u Codec (80x80Kbps CIR)
  • A calendar day begins at 12:00 Midnight GMT – Use VoIP days at any time during the month.
  • Additional days used on the 10-day VoIP plan are charged $20 per day.
  • * Cost per minute is based on a U.S. or Canadian VoIP number calling a U.S. or Canadian phone.
  • VoIP service from Ground Control has no long term contract and service is billed month-to-month.
  • There is a one time $49 equipment provisioning fee and a $59.95 VoIP line activation fee with purchase.
  • All plans include numerous features such as voicemail, call activity, call forwarding, speed dialing etc.

VoIP Services Details

Emergency VoIP Service
The Emergency VoIP service bundles both the Standard VoIP service with the Priority VoIP Service and makes it available for 10 days each month for $89.95. This is a $40 monthly savings over our standard VoIP service using CIR. Emergency VoIP is designed for public safety organizations that do not require a full-time service for in-the-field emergencies using our mobile satellite systems. Priority VoIP assures that full speed will always be available for the voice stream.

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.

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 80×80 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.

Starting VoIP Phone Service with Ground Control

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 VVX-411 VoIP phone for a time-tested, field-proven solution.

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. This plan is available worldwide.

Step 3. Choose A U.S. Based Phone Number
You may choose any number from most any U.S. location. A person with a satellite dish in Texas or British Columbia or Afghanistan may wish to have a Denver phone number, or a phone number from anywhere else in the U.S.

Step 4. Plug The Phone Into The Satellite Ethernet 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.

Industry Public Safety Communication 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
  • Primary Phone Service – for rural posts (we recommend using the standard 30 day service).
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.

Connect 1 to 10 Phones

Connect as many phones through the satellite link as there is capacity.

Each phone uses a 20×20 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. 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 maintains phone communication continuity and is is perfect for field professionals who travel or have multiple offices.

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