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BGAN Network Emulator

The most comprehensive test tool for both manual and automated terminal testing – no airtime or line-of-sight required! Applicable to all segments: land, maritime, aviation and space. Get complete control of your Inmarsat BGAN test environment with the BGAN Network Emulator.

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Test off-air

The BGAN Network Emulator (BNE) enables controlled and advanced testing of your BGAN user terminals (UTs) while remaining off-air.

Testing off-air provides several benefits such as no air-time costs, no travel expenses and no limitations with regards to available network conditions.

Reproduce any scenario

When testing a terminal, you want to know how it responds to the unpredictable behavior of a live network and link, such as allocated bandwidth, blockage or bit errors.

By testing off-air with the satellite simulator, you can reproduce any scenario – no matter if this means best or worst possible conditions.

Test as many times as needed

With the satellite link emulator, you can test as many times as needed, without the restrictions of limited airtime or line-of-sight, as you do not have to physically be out at sea, on the road or in the air to test.

Having the option of unlimited testing at your disposal means you can get to the root of issues and ensure the stability your end users expect.

With extensive scripting and configuration possibilities BNE is an ideal tool in an automated test setup enabling regression test and pre-release qualification.

End-to-end test

The BGAN Network Emulator brings the BGAN satellite network into a test bench, allowing you to simulate a satellite connection for a BGAN, FBB or SBB terminal. This means that you can end-to-end test your terminal – in a controlled test environment! It is an off-the-shelf product, which has proven its worth throughout the course of development of several terminals in the market today.

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Benefits of the BGAN Network Emulator:

  • Emulate all BGAN functionality in a controlled sandbox environment
  • Validate user experience e.g. during handover between beams
  • Create, execute, reproduce and document test scenarios
  • Avoid exposure on the live network
  • Test and document terminal performance
  • Test end-to-end exchange of user data such as e-mail, FTP and web browsing
  • Assure quality in any event (e.g. signal degradation, traffic shaping (queuing, QoS), congestion)

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Predictable costs

The unpredictability of testing on a live network can cause unforeseen costs in terms of prolonged test processes, travel expenses and more airtime. This can leave you in an uncomfortable position where you will have to outweigh whether to test as much as needed, or just as much as the budget allows. With the BGAN Network Emulator you avoid this grievance as you can fully plan and control the scenarios you need to test and hereby predict the exact cost associated with the testing.

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Testing in a controlled environment

A controlled test environment enables you to test without the limitations of available network conditions. This provides great flexibility with regards to planning and completing a test process within a given timeframe.

By testing thoroughly and end-to-end in a controlled environment, you have done everything you can to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the end-users of the terminal.

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Is the BGAN Network Emulator too comprehensive for your intended use?

Perhaps the BGAN Application Tester is better suited to your needs?

GateHouse offers two BGAN test tools that both provides end-to-end test opportunity in a closed loop environment. The two tools differ in terms of functionality and user-friendliness – in other words, your choice of tool depends on your specific test requirements and your insight into the BGAN network.

Find more info about the BGAN Application Tester.

For your convenience, we have made a comparison between the two test tools for you to download:

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