What is VSAT

 

VSAT stands for “Very Small Aperture Terminal”, which refers to the technology whereby data is sent and received via an antenna. The antenna size is typically a 1.2m diameter for Ku-Band, or 1.8m diameter for C-Band. The difference between the two is the Frequency band in which they operate.

 

C-Band systems operate on a lower frequency (3-6 Ghz) and are therefore less affected by rain fade, however due to the size of the hardware they are more costly.

 

Ku-Band systems operate on a higher Frequency (12-14 Ghz), and allow for smaller antennas, but depending on the power of the satellite can be affected by bad weather conditions.

 

A typical VSAT installation will consist of the following:

 

  • A satellite antenna capable of transmitting and receiving data.
  • A BUC (Broadband Up Converter) for transmitting.
  • An LNB (Low Noise Block) for receiving.
  • Coaxial Cable from the antenna to the indoor modem.
  • A satellite modem capable of receiving and transmitting data such as e-mails, internet or video.

 

 

Key benefits of VSAT

 

A VSAT solution becomes a viable solution if a client requires any of the following:

 

  • Connectivity where ADSL or cable cannot be accessed.
  • Always-on, fast broadband services.
  • Quick deployment.
  • Secure data transmission.
  • Independent of government operators.
  • Fixed monthly costs, available in a variety of packages.
  • Private, professionally managed teleport.
  • 24/7 monitoring and support.
  • Worldwide coverage.
  • Single hop, direct access to international internet exchanges.
  • Point-to-point, single hop dedicated satellite connectivity.
  • No data caps
  • Redundancy