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The Role of Quick Deploy VSATs in Disaster Planning and Recovery

Author: Larry Jones, VP Energy & Industrial Sales/Monday, October 23, 2017/Categories: Professional Services for your Network

In a disaster, communication is critical. But as the recent hurricanes have reminded us, terrestrial communication infrastructure is often knocked out when disaster strikes.

That’s why Quick Deploy VSATs have an important role to play in disaster planning and recovery. As the name implies, these VSATs are designed to establish operational satellite services rapidly. They provide temporary satellite services to support special events or to recover communications after an interruption in terrestrial services.

Most people associate Quick Deploy VSATs with TV network broadcasts from remote locations. The satellite antenna transmits digital high-definition video back to the studio for integration with the TV show and distribution to affiliates. SageNet’s Quick Deploy VSATs operate in a similar fashion. They transmit and receive digital data using one of SageNet’s teleports in Marietta, Ga., or Chicago, and connect to the Internet or a customer’s data center for customer-specific applications.

A quick deployment antenna can be mounted on a vehicle, as seen in this picture of the SageNet SUV with a 1.2-meter-diameter auto-point antenna installed on the roof. The antenna and electronics can also be provided in a “fly-away” configuration that is shipped in travel cases for assembly onsite.

The antennas are deployed to a fixed location to establish satellite services with the assigned geostationary Ku-band satellite and VSAT network. SageNet’s Quick Deploy VSATs use antennas and control systems that automatically aligns the antenna with the assigned geostationary satellite to be used to support the service.

For current SageNet customers with dedicated private satellite networks or a virtual private network, one or more Quick Deploy VSATs may be added to the satellite network without additional space segment allocation or monthly space segment cost. Of course, SageNet can review the expected network traffic added by the Quick Deploy VSATs to determine if additional space segment resources should be added to the private network.

For customers who want to use shared network resources, the Quick Deploy VSATs can be added to SageNet’s shared Spacenet network services on the SES-1 satellite at 101° west longitude. This service can support up to 2Mbps on the path from the VSAT to the teleport (inbound) and 6Mbps or more on the path from the teleport to the VSAT (outbound). Higher data rate solutions can also be reviewed by SageNet for specific projects with greater bandwidth needs.

The VSATs can be equipped to provide a variety of services such as Internet access, Wi-Fi hot spots, wireless or wired telephone, digital media distribution, wireless base station restoration and other customer-specific data applications. These services can be established with the SageNet shared network if the location has line of sight to the SES-1 satellite. The centrally located SES-1 satellite provides excellent satellite performance and elevation angles across the 48 contiguous states, and provides coverage for parts of Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.

If you’re concerned about how an interruption in terrestrial communications might impact your company in a disaster, consider Quick Deploy VSATs in your business continuity planning. To learn more about SageNet’s Quick Deploy VSAT solutions, contact our satellite team for a consultation.


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