Contemporary military operations, peacekeeping and stabilization missions require from the armed forces to take actions in unknown and very often distant areas. An example may be the mission of the Armed Forces in Chaghcharan in Afghanistan. Military operations are carried out in vast areas with poor telecommunications infrastructure. In such circumstances only modern systems of satellite communications may provide fast, reliable, interference- and interception-resistant information transfer in command centers, operating units and other sub-units (logistic, engineering, etc.).
Due to the way the Armed Forces are involved in mission operations in Chaghcharan in Afghanistan or the areas of poor telecommunications infrastructure, there is practically no alternative to the satellite communications.
Portable Internet BGAN (Global Coverage) is available in all US bases, including location of Chaghcharan in Afghanistan. This broadband satellite service offer two-way high-speed internet access with no phone lines, no cable, no dial-up modem. It's always online, available virtually anywhere, and affordable. The value of BGAN terminals is that unlike other satellite Internet services which require bulky and heavy satellite dishes to connect, a BGAN terminal is about the size of a laptop and thus can be carried easily. The network is provided by Inmarsat and uses three geostationary satellites called I-4 to provide almost global coverage.
Satellite phones provide 100% global coverage of voice communication — making them an ideal solution for soldiers from Chaghcharan in Afghanistan, in any situation or next locations.
If you plan to stay a long time in the Middle East countries please check our local satellite internet offer for groups of soldiers: Hylas 2 (Ka, iDirect), Intelsat 10-02 (iDirect) and NSS6 satellite (LinkStar). Your computer or wireless (WiFi) / wired network can receive internet signal, through a special satellite VSAT modem which was usually set up in a building or tent when deployed. This type of Internet connection you can share with other soldiers from Chaghcharan in Afghanistan. Most soldiers deploy with a laptop in hand and a hookup to the Internet in their barracks. This is especially important for the many who are married, and have young children. The Internet access has resulted in major morale improvements. Troops no longer feel cut off from home. Not all the Internet connectivity is just for staying in touch with the folks back home. The troops from Chaghcharan in Afghanistan use the Internet a lot for professional tasks, and not all of them are official business. Some troops blog, and many other stay in touch with military friends and associates in other parts of the world. The Internet has made possible many online communities composed of military professionals.