An Overview of XSAT Satellite Telecommunications

by Aeyne Schriber on March 28, 2012 in Satellite Internet

XSAT stands for Exceptional Satellite and is technology that is used to produce mobile satellite telecommunications. This form of satellite communications is designed to support data and voice in the mobile environment for a variety of uses in locations on land, in maritime vessels, and in the aviation industry.

XSAT utilizes a variety of devices that make up a mobile satellite telecommunications system.  Some of the devices include satellite modems, antennas, receivers, satellite mobile phones, and other devices which are activated through dedicated bandwidth lines to deliver voice and data communications via a high speed broadband satellite connection.

If you are unfamiliar with XSAT mobile satellite telecommunications the following information will provide you with an overview of how XSAT technology is applied to different types of global communications on land, at sea, and in the air.

XSAT and Mobile Satellite Land Communications

XSAT technology is typically applied to locations where people are working remotely or in the field.  These types of locations have little to no means for connectivity and include remote areas where people work in mining, oil drilling, utility services, and other types of industries.  XSAT services for remote locations on land commonly include three categories which include mobile satellite broadband connectivity, device-to-device communications, and voice/data communications.

  • Mobile Satellite Broadband:  Broadband connectivity is delivered to field offices and remote locations via mobile satellite which is capable of delivering both standard  and streaming Internet Protocol (IP), voice communications via mobile satellite phone, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) which carries voice and Internet, and SMS messaging.
  • Device-to-Device:  XSAT technology makes it possible to establish communications between devices for the purpose of monitoring operations in the field or other remote land location.  This type of connection is achieved using low volume combined with high frequency bursts to allow efficient data streaming  for both fixed and mobile assets via device-to-device communications.
  • Voice and Data Communications:  XSAT provides global communications using mobile satellite telephony that remote workers use for SMS, email messaging and communications using a handset designed for voice communications activated by a mobile satellite system.

Mobile satellite telecommunications allow businesses in many different sectors to access mission critical applications regardless of the land location.  This also includes transportation services, medical emergency, and disaster relief services.

XSAT and Maritime Communications

XSAT technology is used for a broad range of maritime communications to provide high speed broadband connections regardless of your location at sea.  The services typically include always-on broadband and data communications, voice and fax, and mobile satellite telephony from vessel to vessel or from vessel to land.

  • Maritime Broadband:  High speed broadband connectivity delivered via XSAT technology to sea vessels uses mobile satellite connectivity together with compact maritime antennas.  This type of system allows for faster email and data communications as well as voice communication delivered via VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).  Depending upon the configuration it is also possible to establish a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to facilitate secure communications for workers at sea.
  • Voice, Fax, and Data:  XSAT technology is also used to support critical sea vessel applications such as weather and chart data, faxing, crew communications, and vessel tracking which is delivered over a high speed mobile broadband satellite system.  This allows crew members to send data and make phone calls in addition to using distress communications and other safety applications that are necessary at sea.
  • Mobile Satellite Telephony:  The use of XSAT allows for mobile satellite telephony systems which are specifically designed for maritime conditions.  The global satellite phones are cost effective and capable of communications below deck without disruption and receive a high speed connection for sending SMS and short email messages.  Depending upon handset design it can also function as a handheld satellite terminal for backup and emergency use.

Mobile satellite connectivity for maritime is used by government organizations, military, fishermen, and leisure activities at sea and provides a low-cost but high quality communications system for critical maritime applications.

XSAT and Aviation Industry Communications

Global connectivity in the air is a critical part of aviation safety in terms of weather conditions, safety communications, data and voice transmission, and flight plan updates, to name a few considerations.  XSAT technology can help to deliver essential high speed broadband connectivity, quality and secure voice communications, and various safety and aeronautical services.

  • Broadband Connectivity:  In the aviation industry many of the critical applications can be very demanding in terms of bandwidth and data transmission.  XSAT technology is capable of increasing data rates and other Internet Protocol services such as data and video streaming that require extremely fast connections.  In addition to mobile satellite broadband, the rates of transmission are further increased through the use of additional channels for data and via data compression.  It also supports all critical cockpit programs which include mobile telephony, access to Virtual Private Networks (VPN), weather updates, flight plans, and messaging applications such as email and SMS.
  • Voice Communications:  XSAT technology also supports voice communications by delivering high quality and cost effective mobile satellite networks with high gain antennas to ensure reliable connectivity.  In terms of security the mobile satellite telecommunications systems for aviation contain military grade encryption to protect confidential communications taking place with mobile telephony.
  • Aeronautical and Safety Communications:  This type of aviation communications is a critical part of operations in the air for public airlines, government aircrafts, coastguard vessels and military defense agencies.  The communication technology which is driven by XSAT technology can be delivered in a wide variety of forms to support routine services as well as critical services such as distress reporting, air traffic control, air surveillance, pilot datalink communications, and other mission critical applications.

These are just a few of the ways that XSAT technology is applied to different industries.  Many of the providers of mobile satellite telecommunications equipment have been at the forefront of the industry and partner with other companies to develop new markets.  XSAT providers also continually work with developers to continually improve mobile satellite telecommunications by offering solutions which serve industries that require reliable and secure communications in remote locations where access is limited or non-existent.

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