Stratos Global has been providing some of the world’s largest media organisations with its Inmarsat BGAN mobile broadband satellite service to broadcast ongoing coverage of the Chilean mine rescue.
BGAN streaming services are being used by broadcasters, including the BBC and Fox News, for live video streaming from the remote mine site. The broadcasters also are using BGAN for store-and-forward video clips as well as audio streaming for radio broadcast. All BGAN traffic is routed via the Stratos global IP network, known as StratosNexus, into the broadcasters’ headquarters offices worldwide.
For this event, these news organisations make full use of Stratos’ value-added services, known as The Stratos Advantage, which enable customers to monitor airtime, restrict unauthorised usage and manage costs. The organisations also achieve guaranteed, end-to-end bandwidth for their time-critical data with a Stratos GuaranteedAccess solution custom designed by Stratos engineers.
During the rescue effort, Stratos continually monitored StratosNexus 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 throughout.
“We are grateful these brave miners have been rescued, and are equally thrilled that our service is helping viewers worldwide to celebrate along with the miners’ families and fellow citizens,” said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. “It is gratifying to provide another successful deployment of Inmarsat mobile satellite services to these important, globally recognized broadcasters. Many successful deployments such as this have helped Stratos become the preferred source for media organizations who wish to use BGAN and The Stratos Advantage to achieve optimal performance and efficiency.”