BGAN Enables Broadcasters to Cover Egyptian Crisis

During the recent Egyptian political crisis, Stratos Global, a provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, supplied integrated media solutions to many of the world’s largest news organizations to broadcast ongoing coverage of the upheaval. The solutions included Inmarsat BGAN mobile broadband satellite services with GuaranteedAccess managed end-to-end IP network connectivity.
These organizations began broadcasting reports of the crisis from Cairo and other Egyptian cities on January 25th. Days later, the Egyptian government shut down all terrestrial Internet connectivity and mobile phone service. BGAN enabled these broadcasters to continue newsgathering in Egypt and transmitting live reports to their studios, without interruption.
BGAN from Stratos streaming services were used by the BBC, Fox News and others for live video streaming from the protest sites. The broadcasters also used BGAN for Internet connectivity, store-and-forward video clips, and audio streaming for radio broadcast.
All BGAN traffic from these organizations was routed via the Stratos global IP network, known as StratosNexus, into the broadcasters’ studios worldwide.
As it did for last year’s Haitian disaster, Stratos continually monitored its BGAN network and StratosNexus during this period of heightened usage in Egypt – and provided frequent status reports to its media customers. Inmarsat also took measures to ensure the usual high level of availability and reliability of its Inmarsat-4 satellite network during the crisis.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, “Major news events like these, under seemingly impossible conditions, remind the world’s top broadcasters of the indispensible nature of BGAN and the reliability of the Stratos network. The Stratos team remains available around the clock, to help our customers ensure optimal performance and efficiency from any imaginable location.”
BGAN from Stratos enables media organizations to perform at optimal levels at any remote location. Journalists can effectively use BGAN services with minimal training. The premium BGAN X-Stream service allows a guaranteed minimum symmetrical video streaming rate of 384 kbps, with up to 450 kbps expected under optimal conditions.
For these types of events, news organizations make full use of Stratos’ value-added services known as The Stratos Advantage, which enable customers to monitor airtime, restrict unauthorized usage and manage costs. The organizations also achieve guaranteed, end-to-end bandwidth for their time-critical data with a Stratos GuaranteedAccess solution custom designed by Stratos engineers.
Stratos GuaranteedAccess extends guaranteed bandwidth from the BGAN terminal through to the terrestrial infrastructure to broadcast centers. Stratos GuaranteedAccess is enabled by StratosNexus, a Stratos-managed Global Core network for traditional and IP-based services. StratosNexus is a redundant and highly resilient network, designed and optimized to carry time-sensitive satellite traffic.
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