16 September 2014: Connectivity for smartphones and tablets anywhere in the world is now a reality with the launch of IsatHub from Inmarsat.
IsatHub offers the highest data rate of any equivalent mobile satellite service with standard IP data up to 240/384 kbps (send/receive).
The revolutionary service means that anyone can surf the internet, access their apps, text or talk on their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android smart device even when they are hundreds of miles outside a terrestrial fixed or mobile network.
Accessing the IsatHub service is quick and simple using the small Wideye iSavi terminal from Inmarsat manufacturing partner Addvalue Technologies, and control app downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
The user’s smart device connects via Wi-Fi to the terminal, and a choice of easy-to-use audio cues, LED guides or pointing assistance featured in the control app enables them to line up with an Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite in seconds.
Once connected to Inmarsat’s powerful 3G network, the Wideye iSavi – which at 170 x 170 mm is roughly only the size of a paperback book – creates a secure, personal network with a range of up to 30 metres (100 feet), allowing multiple users to wirelessly use IsatHub’s voice and data services.
Downloading the IsatHub voice app provides access to the service’s dedicated high quality voice line and text messaging – even on devices that are Wi-Fi only, such as an iPod Touch.
“IsatHub is about carrying your own smart device connectivity with you wherever you go,” said Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat Enterprise.
“You could be exploring for oil in the middle of a desert, a journalist tweeting breaking news from a remote island, or simply be on holiday hundreds of miles away from the nearest cellular coverage. For all these situations, you can now be assured of a 3G service for your smartphone or tablet.”
IsatHub connectivity, coupled with the Wideye iSavi’s compact, lightweight design, provides an assured 3G service not only in regions with a poor or non-existent mobile signal but also in areas much closer to home, such as cellular ‘blackspots’.