The new interruptible feedback capability for the BGAN X-Stream on-demand mobile satellite service allows news crews to communicate with the studio, monitor audio and receive cueing information during live video recording.
The new feature has been made possible via a new simultaneous voice and data capability introduced on the service, allowing both broadband IP data and circuit-switched voice channels to be active at the same time.
In the last two years, BGAN X-Stream has been deployed in hundreds of media reports around the world: from the tragic events in Haiti in early 2010 to coverage of the Arab Spring. News teams following events in Libya, in particular, made extensive use of the quick set-up, ease-of-use and high-quality video of BGAN X-Stream.
Mike Seery, head of media sector development for Inmarsat, commented: “The broadcast media sector is incredibly important to Inmarsat, and we are continually looking for ways to enhance the services we deliver to broadcasters. The introduction of an IFB capability for BGAN X-Stream is a good example of this as it provides a useful enhancement to a service that we know is popular with broadcasters around the world. We will continue to innovate and keep pace with the demands of broadcasters to ensure that we maintain BGAN as the mobile satellite service of choice.”