What to expect

BGAN Usage

Since BGAN service is expensive compared to using a cable modem or DSL service, our clients like to know what to expect when they connect their laptop up to a BGAN terminal.

Download a free bandwidth monitor utility

You can see right now what you’re actually transferring from your laptop over the internet before you connect it to a BGAN terminal by using this bandwidth monitor utility.

A rough idea of what to expect

A web page is between 50 to 150 kilobytes (there are 1000 kilobytes to one megabyte). You can view on average about 10 web pages for about one megabyte of data. If a web page has video, the page will be more data-intensive and you could be transferring one Megabyte every 15 to 30 seconds.

Emails are fairly small but their attachments are sometimes large. Estimate about 20 kilobytes for every email.

Flash videos are very bandwidth-intensive and will transfer at the max speed of the BGAN terminal. Estimate one megabyte every 20 to 30 seconds.

Phone calls do not add to your data usage. You’re billed separately for placing a phone call at $0.99 cents per minute to any cell phone or landline worldwide. Incoming calls are free, but the calling party will be paying for making an international call to your ‘satellite phone’.

Also note that there are some background applications like Windows updates and other services that connect to the internet and add to overall usage. However, these services can be easily disabled. Please read the next paragraph for the big picture on optimizing your laptop to be on the BGAN network.

The good news!

The good news is that much of the above data usage can be cut down in size if you follow some simple tricks to optimize a laptop for the BGAN network. Please read this BGAN Optimization Page from Ground Control for cutting your BGAN usage. You can also purchase one of our optimized BGAN laptops that has been preconfigured to reduce data to a fraction of normal use.


BGAN Optimized Laptop

Cut online usage to a trickle with a BGAN-optimized laptop. This Windows 7 computer has utilities that monitor usage, reduce email and web data, and provides other features such as video conferencing. All the tools needed to make the BGAN experience exceptional.

High-Performance Optimized Laptop

Know your usage - any time

Many BGAN terminals will display from their web interface how much data has been transferred. You can also email support@groundcontrol.com and request a BGAN usage report at any time so you know exactly what you’ve used and how much you have left.