What is a VSAT?
VSAT stands for "Very Small Aperture Terminal" and the term used for a one-way or two-way satellite ground station consisting of a dish antenna smaller than three meters across. The VSAT is designed to point to a specific orbiting satellite and access its signal. It can relay data back & forth from other terminals and hubs.
VSAT networks are beneficial when the coverage area is quite large, where "quick" installation is needed, and where terrestrial alternatives are difficult to implement. Because of their convenient size, VSATs have made satellite communication solutions a very appealing, viable option for a wide range of industrial, commercial, and NGO applications, including mobile communications and broadband VSAT.
Some applications for VSAT networks include:
- Broadband internet access
- Video teleconferencing
- Streaming video
- Data, voice, fax, email, VPN
- Global voice over IP (VOIP)
- Disaster relief and emergency response
- Financial and banking feeds
- Mission-critical communications and encrypted networks
- Distance learning and training
- Remote SCADA monitoring
- Mobile offices
Benefits of VSAT Networks
- Global mobile access in remote locations
- Cost-effective and affordable
- Easy, rapid deployment
- High-quality broadband connections
- Secure and reliable
- Back-up to terrestrial networks
- Bandwidth on demand