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 FOB Lightning 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 FOB Lightning 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 FOB Lightning 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 FOB Lightning in Afghanistan, in any situation or next locations.