This course is designed to provide satellite and VSAT engineers the necessary cutting-edge information on how to plan and implement a VSAT network. It provides the fundamentals and planning tools for a successful project. Included in the program is a workshop comprising of VSAT site survey, installation and commissioning of a VSAT.

Expected Accomplishments

  • Understand framework of VSAT technology in the evolving context of satellite communication
  • Outline remote VSAT and Hub components
  • Sketch the signal flow path in outbound and inbound directions
  • Differentiate between Front-end and Offset-fed antennas
  • Step through the VSAT network implementations
  • Explain VSAT Protocol Layers and Access schemes
  • Step through the VSAT Installation and commissioning procedures
  • Use different tools involved in VSAT installation and commissioning procedures.

Course Outline

The VSAT Market

  • What is a VSAT? 
  • Underlying objectives 
  • VSAT-WLL architecture 
  • Cost comparison: terrestrial vs. VSAT 
  • Benefits Et applications of VSATs

Satellite Essentials

  • Basic elements of a satellite system
  • GSO satellites-coverage, eclipse, sun transit outage, delay, footprints 
  • Frequency bands for satellite services: benefits and drawbacks of C and Ku band VSAT systems 
  • Polarization reuse and polarization isolation
  • Satellite repeaters: bent pipe and regenerative
  • Transponder utilization: frequency allocation, TWTA characteristics-back-off

VSAT Earth Station engineering

  • Schematic and functionality of remote VSAT and Hub Master Control Station components 
  • Signal flow - outbound and inbound directions
  • Configuration of Front-end and offset fed antennas-polarization

VSAT network implementation 

  • One way, two way
  • Star and mesh topologies 
  • Hub Implementations
  • Classes of Mesh Connectivity: CBR and VBR applications 
  • Hybrid configuration

VSAT Protocols

  • VSAT protocol layers 
  • Access schemes: FDMA, TDMA and CDMA
  • Access Protocols: MF-TDMA, Aloha, Slotted Aloha and Reservation Aloha, DA-TDMA 
  • Access protocols for inbound/outbound links

iDirect System 

  • NMS
  • Remote Installation 
  • Operation

DVBS2 Satlink System 

  • NMS
  • Remote Installation 
  • Operation


  • 2G.3G
  • IPTV and Internet services


VSAT installation and commissioning 

  • Pre-installation site survey 
  • Installation 
  • Antenna alignment
  • Use tools and instruments such as GPS, Inclinometer, spectrum analyzer 
  • Commissioning

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  • Stay competitive by using cutting-edge technology
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