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16th April 2015

Sir Ranulph Fiennes & Marie Curie thank Satcom Global for support with live broadcasting from the Sahara

Satcom Global has been thanked by Marie Curie and Sir Ranulph Fiennes for providing them with a satellite communications solution to share the explorer's recent epic Marathon des Sables challenge with the world.

Satcom Global provided Marie Curie and Sir Ranulph’s team with an EXPLORER 710 terminal which they used to send live video directly to the BBC over the Inmarsat BGAN HDR (High Data Rate) network.  Three live interviews featuring Sir Ranulph were shown on BBC breakfast last week, updating the public on the explorers progress and giving viewers a real sense of the gruelling conditions and harsh terrains faced by the team. 

Sir Ranulph Fiennes said: “Out in the desert there is no phone signal or internet connection, communication is very difficult. Thankfully Satcom Global generously provided the necessary equipment for us to keep in touch with all the supporters back in the UK and the ability to do live broadcast interviews with the BBC and other media. I’d like to thank them for their support, we couldn’t have done it without.”

Last weekend, the famous explorer became the oldest Briton to complete the six day ultra-marathon raising £1m in donations for Marie Curie. The 71 year old, who had a double heart bypass 12 years ago, crossed the finish line shortly after 7.30pm on Friday 10th April, after walking 156 miles over six days.

Marie Curie and Sir Ranulph’s team in the Sahara, required a reliable solution for streaming that could withstand the harsh environment and blistering 50°C heat, to broadcast live to the BBC. As well as powerful and reliable, the communications solution also needed to be portable, easy to deploy and quick to set up. The Cobham EXPLORER 710, which can be carried in a regular backpack, presented the perfect solution to fill the communications gap.

Liz Ensor, Digital Media & PR Manager at Marie Curie said: "Being able to easily and reliably broadcast live from the desert to the BBC was essential. Satcom Global gave us the technology to do this at no cost to the charity. The EXPLORER 710 terminal ensured our footage was of the best quality, without which, we could not have raised as much money to help us care for people living with a terminal illness.”

The EXPLORER 710 terminal used with the revolutionary Inmarsat BGAN HDR service provides the highest quality streaming over satellite (typically 650kbps and up to 800kbps), ensuring a secured, dedicated bandwidth, required for a quality live broadcast. This high bandwidth service provides clearer, sharper imagery and the ability to capture movement, which is something that was previously difficult in broadcasting live over satellite.

Global Commercial Director at Satcom Global, Graeme Gordon said: “If you are remote and need communications, Satcom Global has the solution.  Marie Curie provides tremendous care touching many UK families and Sir Ranulph is a legend and a hero! At Satcom Global we are proud to support them.”

You can still show your support for Sir Ranulph’s monumental achievement by making a donation to Marie Curie. Text RUN to 70007 or visit


About Marie Curie

Marie Curie provides free care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Marie Curie nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. The charity also has nine hospices which offer specialist round-the-clock care. The charity also helps people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.


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Sir Ranulph Fiennes Marathon des Sables
Out in the desert communication is very difficult. Satcom Global generously provided the necessary equipment for us to keep in touch with all the supporters back in the UK. I’d like to thank them for their support, we couldn’t have done it without."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes