BT has launched a portable satellite communications system with support for a mix of data, Internet, voice and video services in a lap top package weighing less than 4 kg.
The company said its Satelan system takes less than five minutes to set up and can be used almost anywhere in the world.
Up to 10 local devices - from laptop computers to wireless handsets - can be served by a single Satelan terminal.
Satelan uses Inmarsat M4 technology. Earth stations are in New Zealand and the UK. BT's and Concert's international networks carry terrestrial services.
End user pricing starts at $2.50 per minute with high speed data transfer being priced from $A10 per minute.
Satelan is being marketed through the BT A&M business unit that handles the UK-based telcos satellite business.
While Satelan is aimed at those sectors typically needing remote access to telecommunications services such as mining and media companies, BT said there had also been strong interest from the financial services and consulting sectors.
A spokesman for BT said that existing satellite systems were either restricted to voice only as with the Iridium system or were very bulky.