VSAT Systems Explained: What You Need to Know About Them

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In Asia, cable and digital internet protocol (IP) are some of the most widely used telecommunications services. However, this is only true for consumers in the metro or the more urban areas. Those in rural or more remote parts of the continent must deal with telecoms costs far higher than users in urban locations. What’s worse is the service they receive is far from optimal.

The good news is this expensive option is no longer your sole choice. Thanks to VSAT systems, which run on satellite technology, you can enjoy stable and quality connection for a more cost-effective price.

A quick background

VSAT, which stands for very small aperture terminal, has the power to receive and send satellite data signals. This technology caters to both residential and commercial users, which provides them with a secure and stable connection. The term ‘very small’ pertains to the size of the antennae attached to the satellite dish.

The components

VSAT systems differ in terms of the way they’re set up, but they usually consist of the same components: an antenna measuring around four feet in diameter, a low-noise converter, and a Block Upconverter. The low-noise converter takes responsibility for receiving signal, while the BUC is for transmitting. In a typical installation, the antenna is either rooftop-mounted or ground-positioned.

The connection process

To establish a connection via a VSAT system, a connected device (computer, laptop, or any Internet-connectible device) links with the antenna. Once you’ve established the connection between the two, the antenna then works as a signal sender and receiver for the signals that the satellite throws back and forth the earth.

How VSAT systems work may sound complicated and appear time-consuming. However, it’s actually the speed of connectivity that makes it stand out from your other connectivity options, particularly for someone who lives in a more remote area.