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Global Satellite

Frequently Asked Questions

Satellite Phones

  1. What is a satellite phone? A satellite phone is a mobile communication device that provides worldwide coverage in places where cell phone networks don’t reach. They receive and transmit signals not from land-based cell towers, but from space-based satellites.

  2. Who needs a satellite phone? Satellite phones are ideal for intrepid outdoors explorers, deep sea fishers, travelers to foreign countries with limited cell phone infrastructure, and those who want reliable backup phone service in case of a natural disaster.

  3. How much does a satellite phone cost? The cost of a satellite phone can vary greatly depending on the model and the service provider. Some plans start at around $99.99 per month for 150 minutes of phone calls.

Satellite Maritime Internet

  1. How does satellite maritime internet work? Satellite maritime internet works by providing a direct connection with satellite services through hardware installations on the ship. This allows for easy access to the internet for all onboard, even in remote locations.

  2. What are the challenges of satellite maritime internet? The main challenges include the distance from the shore, as larger, more complex satellites are necessary to provide compensation for the range. Additionally, a boat is constantly moving and rocking, and satellite connections generally require a stable location.

Thuraya

  1. What is Thuraya? Thuraya is a mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), fully owned by Mubadala Investment Company.

  2. What services does Thuraya offer? Thuraya offers a range of satellite communication solutions, including voice calling, SMS messaging, and data services. Their devices are designed to provide reliable connectivity in remote areas and harsh environments.

OneWeb

  1. What is OneWeb? OneWeb is a satellite network developed by the private spaceflight company SpaceX to provide low-cost internet to remote locations. It aims to remove the barriers to connectivity that are holding economies and communities back.

  2. Who are OneWeb’s clients? OneWeb’s clients are primarily telecoms companies that provide internet service. They might also be employing the connectivity to supplement, or expand, the infrastructure in their mobile phone networks.

Starlink Satellites

  1. What are Starlink satellites? Starlink is a satellite network developed by SpaceX to provide low-cost internet to remote locations. A Starlink satellite has a lifespan of approximately five years and SpaceX eventually hopes to have as many as 42,000 satellites in this so-called megaconstellation.

  2. How do Starlink satellites work? Starlink satellites work by connecting you through satellites positioned in orbit around Earth. This eliminates the need of cellphone towers and allows global satellite network coverage as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

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