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Norsat a Top BC Tech Company

Posted on Wednesday, May 25

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Norsat International ranked 89 on the Business in Vancouver Top 100 BC Technology Companies list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora Sinclair division. Check out our career page for more information.

For a full list of the top 100 Tech firms click here.

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Dynamic Innovation and Cutting-edge Technologies Featured at NAB 2016

Posted on Thursday, May 19

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With over 1870 exhibitors and 103,000+ attendees, the 2016 National Association of Broadcast (NAB) show, the world’s largest electronic media event covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms, did not disappoint. The show was filled with energy and excitement with all of the new technologies sweeping the broadcast industry including those technologies for the delivery of broadcast content.

The biggest talk of NAB 2016 was the future of virtual reality filmmaking. The first major announcement came as YouTube introduced live streaming in 360-degrees. Drones and their future in filmmaking was also a big buzz at the show.

New to the NAB show this year, the Satellite Industry Forum held a one-day conference that focused on the role that the satellite industry plays in broadcasting and the delivery of high quality video content from virtually anywhere to anywhere on the planet whether it is on land, sea or in the air.

Coming off the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official start of the broadcast spectrum auction, where they will be repacking many hundreds – if not more than a thousand – broadcasters to new frequencies in the television band, we are still unclear as to how this will truly affect  satellite newsgathering.

One such panel discussion examined the role that the satellite industry plays in the development and broadcast of Ultra-HD services.  Large players such as SES, Eutelsat, Intelsat and AT&T Entertainment Group reviewed the challenges facing the satellite industry in the new age of high definition content delivery.

IMG_3937At NAB, Norsat highlighted its comprehensive and growing line of BUCs and LNBs for the SNG market. With the recent launch of our ATOM 25W KA BUC, and the 250W KU ATOM BUC, Norsat saw huge interest in these products, as well as our 100W ATOM BUC. Ka-band continues to gain momentum with increased interest in our specialty products including the ATOM 25W and 50W, due to best SWaP (Size, Weight, Power) in the industry. SNG customers were very pleased with the SwaP of the new 250W ATOM BUC (equivalent to a 400W TWTA). Our low cost PLLs were also well received as customers  move away from traditional DRO to the Norsat 5000 and 5200 series. C-band continues to stay strong with lots of interest, especially from SNG customers and Latin America customers.

Norsat was able to connect with multiple partners, customers and prospects throughout the four day event and feels that NAB continues to be a key show and market area for the company.

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Norsat Helps Bring Yankees Games to Your Television

On a recent trip to New York, Norsat’s Manager of Marketing Communications, Annette Colligan, spotted one of Norsat’s Low Noise Block downconverters (LNBs) on an AVL Technologies satellite antenna on top of a New England news truck at Yankee Stadium. The 1000 series LNB receives a signal from a satellite in the sky, converts it to a lower frequency, and then sends the signals to a modem inside the truck, all part of the two way communications between the sporting event and your television.Yankees_Norsat_LNB

For years Norsat has been providing LNBs, amplifiers, and satellite terminals for satellite newsgathering (SNG) applications worldwide. When chatting with the ground team from the news truck, the tech said that they have had the Norsat LNB for over ten years.  This is just another testament to the quality of the Norsat product line.

For more information on Norsat’s high quality microwave components go to: http://www.norsat.com/solutions/microwave-products/

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Norsat Ranks as One of Canada’s Top ICT Companies

Posted on Thursday, April 28

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Norsat is proud to have ranked #95 on the 2015 Branham300 list announced on April 20th. The Branham300 recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues. The list offers readers a snapshot of the Canadian IT market, and has become the gauge by which Information Technology (IT) companies measure their success.

Now in its 23rd year, the companies that comprise the Top 250 have set a new revenue record:

  • Fiscal 2015: $96.1 billion, a year-over-year increase of 5.7%
  • Fiscal 2014: $90.9 billion, a year-over-year increase of 6.8%

Fifty-four percent of the Top 250 saw double and triple-digit growth. The majority of Canada’s ICT activity takes place in four provinces:

  • Alberta: 24 companies
  • Quebec: 27 companies
  • British Columbia: 41 companies
  • Ontario: 150 companies

These four provinces represent 97% of the Top 250 companies, and 98% of total revenues. For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s Top ICT companies click here.

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Norsat’s President and CEO Wins UBC Applied Science Awards

Posted on Thursday, April 21

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Norsat’s President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan was awarded a 2016 Engineering Excellence Alumni Award at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Applied Science Centennial Celebration in Vancouver, BC. on Thursday, April 14th.

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Engineering Excellence Alumni Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary commitment to the betterment of society from individuals and organizations within the Applied Science community. These individuals or organizations have made an impact on the community at large through both their field of expertise and through community involvement. The recipient must have a UBC Applied Science degree.

Other recipients of the 2016 awards include:

    • Lifetime Achievement (alumni): Edward McBean BASc ’68 CIVL; Ralph Sultan BASc ’56 MECH
    • Young Alumnus (alumni under 35 years): Sara Badiei MASc ’07 ECE
    • Future Alumnus (current UBC Engineering students): Andrea Marshall; Sean McBeath
    • Emeriti Faculty (retired or emeriti): John Grace

Dr. Amiee Chan was also awarded the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction at the Centennial Celebration. The Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created in 2015 to mark the celebration of the UBC and Applied Science’s 100th anniversary. The medal serves to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the Faculty and/ or who have made long standing/ significant contributions to advance its vision, mission and mandate. This medal was bestowed upon 100 distinguished individuals. To see photos and bios of all recipients click here.

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