Satellite operator Inmarsat, satellite communication solutions companies Global Beam Telecom and Cobham, and global two-way radio manufacturing company Hytera have announced the launch of a new seamless push-to-talk (PTT) communications solution aimed at the Middle East market.
The new partnership, Inmarsat says, will provide market-leading end-to-end connectivity solutions to prevent downtime for radio users in Middle East enterprise businesses.
The PTT offering, called BGAN PRISM PTT+, is a complete satellite-enhanced connectivity solution, now available through Hytera mobile radios, that will help businesses overcome coverage redundancy and operational downtime associated with traditional radio systems.
Supported by Inmarsat’s BGAN mobile satellite connectivity service – powered by the company’s ELERA (L-band) satellite network – the solution provides reliability of 99.9%+ uptime and enables seamless radio over internet protocol (IP) capabilities. It will, says Inmarsat, ensure businesses have access to real-time communications and telemetry capabilities, increasing their visibility of operations and the safety of remote workers and assets.
Incorporating satellite coverage provides exceptional network resilience, enabling seamless switching between radio and satellite while sustaining constant coverage anywhere in the world. Enhanced interoperability will allow for a range of communication methods to mix and connect effortlessly and encourage cross-entity transmission, while digitalisation will provide enhanced end-user capabilities such as conversation recall, replay, and expanded data-analysis possibilities.
BGAN PRISM PTT+, one of Global Beam Telecom’s integrated connectivity solutions, features Inmarsat’s ELERA capabilities and brings together hardware components from Cobham’s EXPLORER 323 Terminal and EXPLORER Mobile Gateway, Hytera’s lightweight but robust digital two-way radio (PD505) and professional Digital Mobile Radio (MD785i).
The partnership supplies real-time GPS, telemetry and PTT capabilities to create what is described as a consistent solution for businesses.
This announcement comes as Inmarsat enters a major new phase after the November 2021 announcement that Inmarsat and Viasat plan to combine the two companies. The deal is scheduled to close in the second half of 2022.