Available worldwide for fixed and mobile satellite systems using Ground Control's iDirect service

VoIP Phone Over Satellite - Service and Equipment

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 provide plug-and-play, crystal clear calls over our premium satellite network, and this service is offered globally.

Monthly service is $49.95 per month and includes 1000 free minutes (16.6 hours) per month. Anything over 1000 minutes is charged a reasonable $0.04 cents per minute.

Benefits Of VoIP Satellite Phone Service With Ground Control:
  • Use any phone that will work identically to any landline phone, including a local phone number
  • Connect 1 to 10 phones. Have 10 simultaneous calls over one satellite connection
  • Low Latency (500-650 milliseconds), callers are often unaware they are speaking over satellite
  • 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
  • Phone service has all the standard features such as voicemail, activity, call-forwarding etc.
  • Easy to start. All equipment is configured, tested and plug-and-play ready when shipped.

Select a Service Plan for Optimized VoIP Service

VoIP Service Plan:
Ground Control Standard VoIP Service
Optional Priority VoIP Service
Optional Red Phone
Free Minutes Per Month:
1,000 Minutes*
>1,000 Minutes Cost Per Minute:
$0.04 cents*
Monthly Cost (USD):
$80.00 per line
$49.00 annually; unlimited calling
  • *Cost per minute is based on a U.S./Canadian VoIP number calling a U.S./Canadian phone
  • Please ask for competitive rates for calls made outside the assigned VoIP country local number
  • 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

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.

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.

Industry 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.

Listen To A Recorded Example

This VoIP audio recording is of Ground Control’s VoIP phone service over our iDirect satellite in North America. The recording equipment was physically attached to the phone with the male voice where the female voice is over satellite.

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. And at 20Kbps, you can talk for 6.6 minutes before you transfer one Megabyte.

Would you like to know more?

If you're interested in Ground Control's VoIP Voice over Satellite service, please call or email us, or complete the form, and we'll be happy to provide you with all the information you need.

We've been delivering satellite communication services for 20 years, and we'll deliver expert, objective advice on the best solution for your requirements.