Antenna unit and main unit with Ethernet jack and 3 phone jack. The OpenPort is rated to operational -30C. Image by HumanEdgeTech.com courtesy HumanEdgeTech.com, SOURCE
Travelers to lower latitudes should use the lighter, cheaper and faster Inmarsat BGAN (coverage in image). But outside the coverage Iridium's OpenPort offers new opportunities for (polar and some ocean) expeditions. Image HumanEdgeTech (click to enlarge).
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(HumanEdgeTech.com) Over the last few years, improvements in Inmarsat BGAN systems have slashed costs and weight, and radically increased data speed up to 400kb/s. This has made possible high quality images, video and website updates for most explorers except for those in polar and some ocean areas, who have been stuck with Iridium handsets and painfully slow data speeds of 2.4kb/s. Enter Iridium OpenPort. With true global coverage and speeds up to 128kb/s it radically stretches polar possibilities, albeit with some...