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Bundle Plans from Ground Control allow all BGAN services, including streaming services, to deduct from a bundle account at the below listed rates. A minimum of $1,500 is required to open a bundle account and there’s no maximum amount. Additional funds may be added at any time. The valid period is one year from activation.
All BGAN terminals have access to streaming services, which are unshared channels over the BGAN satellite link to the internet backbone. Live event broadcasters use streaming channels to avoid audio and video dropouts during a video feed. While streaming video is possible over the standard shared BGAN service, it’s sometimes unpredictable, and dropouts can occur.
Streaming services connect to the internet just like standard BGAN services do, but streaming services are charged by the minute of use, unlike standard BGAN services which charge by the megabyte transferred.
BGAN Bundle Plan
All BGAN Services – Streaming (per minute), Standard (per Megabyte), Voice, SMS Texting, ISDN.
|Plan||Upload Speed||Download Speed||Cost (USD)|
|BGAN HDR Full Channel Symmetric | Explorer 710 BGAN Terminal Only||650Kbps||650Kbps||$27.79 per minute|
|BGAN HDR Full Channel Asymmetric | Hughes 9211 or Explorer 710 BGAN Terminals Only||650Kbps||64Kbps||$23.40 per minute|
|BGAN HDR Half Channel Symmetric | Explorer 710 BGAN Terminal Only||325Kbps||325Kbps||$20.48 per minute|
|BGAN HDR Half Channel Asymmetric | Hughes 9211 or Explorer 710 BGAN Terminals Only||325Kbps||64Kbps||$15.14 per minute|
|Streaming 450Kbps -BGAN X-Stream||450Kbps||450Kbps||$21.20 per minute|
|Streaming 256Kbps||256Kbps||256Kbps||$15.14 per minute|
|Streaming 176Kbps||176Kbps||176Kbps||$12.43 per minute|
|Streaming 128Kbps||128Kbps||128Kbps||$8.78 per minute|
|Streaming 64Kbps||64Kbps||64Kbps||$5.05 per minute|
|Streaming 32Kbps||32Kbps||32Kbps||$2.63 per minute|
Other BGAN Services
|Standard BGAN Service (worldwide)||$4.89 per Megabyte|
|Voice Service to Landline (worldwide)||$0.59 per minute|
|Voice Service to Cellular (worldwide)||$0.76 per minute|
|Voice - BGAN to BGAN (worldwide)||$0.44 per minute|
|SMS Messaging||$0.29 per text|
|Public-Static IP||$25 per month|
BGAN HDR, or ‘high data rates’, are available for the Explorer 710 BGAN Terminal and the Hughes 9211 BGAN Terminal with unshared channel speeds of 650Kbps. Note that only the Explorer 710 may use the 650Kpbs speeds in both directions (aka HDR full-channel symmetric). This is the fastest speed possible for any portable satellite terminals and increases the fidelity of live video broadcasting or the speed of a simple large file transfer from any location on the globe.
BGAN HDR Comparison Video
Our users have found success streaming live video over BGAN using ‘OBS Studio’ freeware to YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live, and other live services. OBS Studio recommended configuration: 480P with a max bitrate around 650Kbps and a framerate of 30 or less.
Below is the Explorer 710 web interface screen (URL: 192.168.0.1) showing all data connectivity options. There are four types of HDR services available (HDR Half Asymmetric, HDR Half Symmetric, HDR Full Asymmetric, HDR Full Symmetric). For example, you can choose a fast upload channel and a slower download channel with the asymmetric services if streaming video in one direction so you only pay for the data speeds you need.
The web interface of all BGAN terminals is used to initiate streaming services as no software is required for connecting to the BGAN terminal web interface besides a browser.
Streaming service are often greyed out since streaming services must be enabled by Ground Control. This is to protect customers using pay-per-megabyte service from accidentally selecting a streaming service. Only ‘bundled accounts’ shown on this page may use streaming service.
Streaming Capabilities of All BGAN Terminals
|BGAN Terminal||Streaming Speeds Available to all BGAN Terminals|
|Explorer 300 | Class 3||32 and 64 Kbps|
|Explorer 500 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|Explorer 510 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|Explorer 540 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|Explorer 700 | Class 1||32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450 Kbps|
|Explorer 710 | Class 1 +HDR||32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450 Kbps, and 650 Kbps|
|Hughes 9201 | Class 1||32, 64, 128, 176, 256 and 450 Kbps|
|Hughes 9202 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|Hughes 9211 | Class 1 +HDR||32, 64, 128, 176, 256, 450 Kbps, and 650 Kbps (650 Kbps Upload Only)|
|Hughes 9502 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|MCD-4800 | Class 2||32, 64, and 128 Kbps|
|Wideye Sabre 1 | Class 2||32 and 64 Kbps|
|In-Motion Systems||Streaming Speeds Available to all BGAN Terminals|
|Explorer 325 | Class 2||32, 64 and 128 Kbps|
|Explorer 727 | Class 2+||32, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps and 450 Kbps|
|Hughes 9350-C10 | Class 2+||32, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps|
|Hughes 9350-C11 | Class 2||32, 64 and 128 Kbps|
|Hughes 9450 | Class 2||32, 64 and 128 Kbps|
|MCD-4800 | Class 2||32, 64 and 128 Kbps|
|MCD-727 | Class 2+||32, 64, 128, 176 and 256 Kbps and 450 Kbps|
|Wideye Safari | Class 3||32, 64 and 128 Kbps|
BGAN Web Interface
All BGAN terminals have web interface screens that have much of the same functionality as the BGAN Launchpad. To access a BGAN web interface, simply type in the URL listed below in any connected browser.
|Portable BGAN Terminals||Access Web Interface URL|
|Hughes 9201 | Class 1||192.168.128.100|
|Hughes 9202 | Class 2||192.168.128.100|
|Hughes 9211 | Class 1 +HDR||192.168.128.100|
|Hughes 9502 | Class 2||192.168.128.100|
|MCD-4800 "The Football"||192.168.128.100|
|Wideye Sabre 1||192.168.1.35|
|In-Motion BGAN Terminals||Access Web Interface URL|