CNN Adopts the Newest BGAN Terminal from Cobham, Improving Streaming Rates via Inmarsat

Las Vegas, NV, April 07, 2014 --( Network Innovations, distribution partner for Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM, announces the delivery of the first EXPLORER 710 BGAN HDR terminals and HDR services to major news broadcaster Cable News Network (CNN). The new EXPLORER 710 satellite terminal, along with Inmarsat’s revolutionary HDR service, provides CNN with the capability to stream live video at significantly higher data rates than previous generations of portable satellite terminals. Satellite operator Inmarsat’s new high-data-rate (HDR) streaming service provides 600Kbps or higher date rates for live video streaming via its BGAN satellite network and the EXPLORER 710 BGAN terminal, the first terminal to be capable of supporting this new HDR streaming service.

“CNN has been using BGAN since its inception in their field crews’ backpacks for portable satellite broadband,” said John Stoltz, Media Sales Director, Network Innovations. “With these new EXPLORER 710 terminals, broadcasters’ field crews now have the ability to almost double the previous streaming bandwidth and picture quality via Inmarsat. Utilizing CNN’s award-winning DNG technology, BGAN's new HDR streaming service is a natural addition for their mobile satellite IP transports."

The new EXPLORER 710 not only adds higher guaranteed bandwidth for live streaming but also introduces smart-phone apps to the world of BGAN connectivity, enabling users to wirelessly connect their own smart-phone devices for phone calls and internet connectivity. Additionally, the EXPLORER-710 terminal can create both satellite and cellular ‘hot-spots’ including least-cost routing. It opens more possibilities for connecting devices, such as bonded-cellular backpack encoders, and is ideal for ‘cellular failover’ when networks are unavailable or congested.

Provider Network Innovations is a leading Cobham and Inmarsat distributor in the broadcast media market. “In 2005, BGAN practically created 'backpack' satellite IP for our news-gathering clients such as CNN,” said Eric Verheylewegen, Vice President at Network Innovations. “The EXPLORER-710 terminal and new HDR service fulfills a niche for broadcasters’ constant demand for reliable, non-contended satellite bandwidth for live streaming and is an ideal compliment to bonded-cellular technologies.”

Network Innovations will showcase the new EXPLORER-710 and Global Xpress terminals at the upcoming NAB-2014 National Association of Broadcasters conference on 7-10 April, 2015 at booth SU#11403.

About Network Innovations:
Incorporated in 1988, Network Innovations has grown consistently and profitably through our dedicated personnel located at offices around the globe. Our success has come through the development and delivery of turn-key communications solutions, ranging from handheld satellite phones to large fixed VSAT installations, for the defense, government, maritime, media, mining, oil and gas and public safety markets. Our flexibility to custom design solutions and integrate various satellite communications technologies for customer and industry specific needs, sets us apart. Network Innovations corporate headquarters are located in Calgary with branch offices in Dubai, Fort Lauderdale, Kabul, Kandahar, London, The Netherlands, Singapore, Tampa, and Vancouver.

About Cobham
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications. Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit

John Stoltz
Network Innovations
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John Stoltz