Need Fast, Reliable Internet Access in Remote or Rural Areas?


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FTI provides VSAT network solutions for corporate, government and private customers' communication needs in geographically dispersed environments. Distant places, outposts, offices, and missions are connected through VSAT terminals that can deliver voice, data, video, and IP connectivity thus providing instant access to the remote parts of the world over a secure and reliable, private or public network.

How it Works      

The FTI high-speed Internet service is the only service in the world that simultaneously utilizes both C band and Ku band satellite bands.  C band is utilized to minimize the signal attenuation effects of local weather on the signal coming FROM the Internet to the end user location. 



Coverage Area Maps:  Ku band  C band  |  White Paper:  VSAT Broadband (pdf)

Reliability & Performance      

C band is relatively unaffected by clouds or rain while Ku band transmissions are generally “lost” during the same weather conditions.  Ku band is utilized for the return path TO the Internet.

Ku band can be used for the return data path due to the Automatic Uplink Power Control (AUPC) capabilities of the satellite router.  This feature of the satellite router allows the power to be turned up on the end user transmitter to overcome local weather so that the signal arriving at the satellite remains constant irrespective of clouds or rain at the user location.

Both C band receive and Ku band transmit can be accomplished with a special FTI provided antenna.  In the alternative, a customer may use an existing C band receive antenna common to “back yard satellite dishes” used for reception of satellite signals.  The antenna need only be 3.2m (about 10’) or greater in size in good working order with a FTI provided phase stable LNB.  FTI also installs a special microwave tested dual RG-6 cable between the equipment and the satellite antenna.
If the customer is using their own antenna for reception of the C band, a small Ku band transmit antenna is provided that uplinks the Ku band signal to the satellite hub. 

When the hub equipment senses a decrease in the Ku band signal (affected by weather) from the end user location, the hub returns a signal to the end user location ONLY to increase its power to offset the local weather problem.  The return signal to the end user location is C band so it is unaffected by the weather and the signal level is increased as instructed from the end user antenna to the hub.  As a result of this unique combination of technologies, the FTI high-speed Internet service is able to remain unaffected 99.95% of the time or more.

A great example of this reliability in the face of extraordinary weather occurred when Hurricane Katrina made landfall and passed directly over FTI end user locations.  The status monitoring computer log of the C/Ku FTI sites revealed an average outage time of 18 SECONDS in duration DURING THE WORST STORM OF THE CENTURY.  At the same time, two FTI locations that were being operated in the conventional Ku band two-way configuration were down from the time the leading edge of the storm passed over them until the time the trailing edge passed: approximately 10.5 HOURS.  Also, as the owner and operator of the Internet gateway hub equipment, FTI is able to provide services unique to each customer’s requirements.

The FTI satellite hub that serves as the gateway to the Internet is located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The hub equipment is connected through a firewall router to the Internet via a pair of geographically separate OC-48 SONET fiber optic rings for maximum reliability and service capability.


Hurricane Katrina Stats Flyer (pdf) FTI Availability Chart (jpg)   |