While maritime VSAT internet isn’t usually considered the primary WAN for organisations and home, it can be beneficial and may be one of the only options you have available, especially if you live in a remote location or travel there frequently and require access to the internet. While newer technologies like LTE and fibre optics coming to homes and businesses everywhere, most people think of VSAT as old or outdated. While it’s still used for broadcasting and forecasting the weather, it may not be the first choice for internet service.
What is It?
VSAT stands for Very Small Aperture Terminals. Such technology uses three primary components, including the satellite, central hub and smaller nodes (antenna). These items are kept in various locations, usually remote, that form a star topology using a satellite network. The nodes communicate with your central hub through the satellite in the sky. You can also integrate other networks, such as MPLS and internet.
They can provide a more permanent coverage to a fixed area, which means you can always have internet wherever you are.
Access to Remote Locations
Satellites focus on particular areas and can grab other satellites, so they work together to provide coverage across the globe. Rural locations, ships, and people in valleys may find this highly useful, especially if they can’t get traditional connectivity or it is limited.
Maritime VSAT internet networks can carry just as much data as other options and can also handle videos and voice.
Once the satellite is in orbit, deployment is quick for the customer. It usually takes hours to complete, as long as the equipment is readily available. You can talk to your ISP and ensure that everything is running smoothly. They may install the equipment and send it to you ahead of time so that when the satellite is up and running, you can get connected.