Your Disaster Recovery Plan Should Include a Satellite Phone

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Look to the Skies for Disaster Recovery

If you were born between July 23 and August 22, you fall under the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac, Leo. As a Leo, your traits include being dominant, creative, and extroverted. You are strong willed, independent, and ambitious.

However being a “LEO” in telecommunications has an entirely different meaning.

In telecom, LEO stands for “low Earth orbiting,” and refers to satellite systems. This is not to be confused with geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) systems, which you may be familiar with if you have satellite TV service from a company like Dish or DirecTV.

With satellite TV service, you receive signal from GEO satellites that sit 22,236 miles above Earth’s equator, and appear to be stationary in the sky. To receive service, your satellite dish (antenna) points toward the Dish or DirecTV GEO satellite.

Satellite phones, on the other hand, use LEO satellites. (Correction to this article.  The iSatPhone Pro 2 is an excellent portable handheld satellite phone that works via the I4 Inmarsat GEO Satelllite Constellation). LEO satellites are only 485 miles above Earth, and move at 17,000 miles an hour. While this may create some coverage challenges, LEO systems offer advantages over GEO satellites.

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