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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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Norsat NewsFlash March 2016

Posted on Monday, April 4

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Norsat Highlights

ATOM 250 Watt Ku-Band BUC Announced
During the Satellite 2016 show, Norsat launched the ATOM 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifiers. This latest addition to the popular ATOM Series of BUCs and SSPAs is ideal for TWTA replacement and Satellite News Gathering .

Norsat Adds New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters to Product Portfolio
Earlier in Q1, Norsat launched the Median Series of Ku-band BUCs. The Median series is a perfect addition to Norsat’s line of BUCS and is positioned between our leading size, weight and power efficient ATOM series of BUCs and the ELEMENT high value series. Read more about our announcement here!

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Are you interested in our class leading ATOM BUCs or SSPAs? Do you want to customize the frequency range, output power, and environmental specifications of the product? Try our ATOM Customization Tool where you can choose different features and options to suit your needs. Fill in the inquiry form and immediately receive a custom part number. One of our team will get back to you with availability and pricing on your custom product!

Norsat Announces Fourth Quarter and 2015 Financials
On Friday, March 4th, Norsat announced the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results. Norsat recognized $36.1 million in revenue with net earnings of $8.7 million or $1.50 per share.
To view our full financials click here.

CEO x 1 DAY
As part of Odgers Berndtson CEOx1day program, on February 5th Norsat hosted Jasmine Nikkari, a third year University of British Columbia engineering student who shadowed Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s CEO. The CEOx1 day program gives students an opportunity to spend the day with a Canadian CEO from various industries to learn more what it takes to run a company.
On the flip side, this program is another example of how Norsat gives back to the community and promotes engineering careers to female engineers.
Read our blog here!

Product Spotlights

Another +1 Added to the Popular ATOM SeriesATOM250WBUC_web
The ATOM 250 Watt Ku-Dual band BUC provides 250W of saturated power (200W @ P1dB) in one of the most compact sizes in the market. Covering transmit frequencies from 12.25 to 18 GHz, including CDL-Band and Low KU Band, the ATOM 250W SSPAs and BUCs can be configured to suit operation on any Ku Band Median_Via_Satellitesatellite. Ethernet, redundancy configurations, EMI/EMC, and other custom options are available upon request. Contact us for more information!
Find out more about the ATOM 250W by clicking here!

Median BUCs Round Out BUC Product Line
The new MEDIAN Series of Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) from Norsat are designed with both performance and economy in mind. These new BUCs aren’t quite as small, light-weight, and power efficient as our premier ATOM line, but they are ideal for fixed and portable VSAT applications. The Median series of Ku-band BUCs comes in 16W and 25W options, is currently available in Ku-band frequency and can be customized for your needs.  For more information on the Median BUC Series click here. (scroll)

Events

logoThe Norsat Sales and Marketing team just returned from a successful  Satellite 2016 conference held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Satellite show brings the market leading companies in the global satellite community together in one place and provides participants with an excellent venue for networking with prospective business partners, as well as maintain a current awareness of the issues and opportunities facing the global satellite-enabled communications marketplace.
Norsat’s booth was decked out with our latest tradeshow design and showcased some of our newest and leading edge products.
Read more about Norsat’s presence at the show.

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Norsat participated in the 22nd annual CABSAT show in Dubai, UAE from March 8-10. CABSAT is the number one event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region for all industry professionals within the Broadcast, Satellite, Content Delivery and Digital Media sectors. Norsat saw considerable interest in our new ATOM 25W Ka-band BUC and SSPA and increasing interest in our LNB and BUC product lines.

Read our blog here!

Next up on the tradeshow schedule is NAB 2016, Apirl 18 – 21 in Las Vegas, NV!

Check out the events section of our website for more information on the shows that Norsat will be attending in 2016!

Norsat in the News

Satellite Evolution Group
March 11, 2016 – Norsat introduces new ATOM series products

CNBC 
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Boston Globe
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

National Post/Financial Post 
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – National Post – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Morning Star
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Morning Star – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Seeking Alpha
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Satnews/Milsat Magazine
January 23, 2016 – SatNews – Upconverters for the Next Generation
December 2015 – New ATOM 25 Watt BUC Debuts From Norsat

Canadian Business Journal March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

TheStreet  March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Cantech LetterMarch 7, 2016 – Norsat has triple-digit upside says Cantor Fitzgerald Canada

TVeyesMarch 5, 2016 – TVeyes – Business News Network – Canada National

Globe & MailJanuary 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

StockHouse January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Baltimore Business Journal January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Atlanta Business Chronicle March 9 ,2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Business in Vancouver
March 2, 2016 – Norsat boss champions engineering diversity cause
February 16, 2016 – Norsat ranked 91 on the BIV’s Top 100 Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver 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, Ontario plant. Check out our career postings on the Norsat website.

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Sinclair Technologies Engages in Quality Conversations at IWCE2016

Posted on Wednesday, March 30

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IWCEThe Sales and Marketing team from Sinclair Technologies, Norsat’s RF division, recently returned from the International Wireless Communications Expo held from March 21 – 25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show saw thousands of industry professionals come together to discuss the latest trends and topics in communications technology. With over 370 exhibitors in attendance, the general feeling was that this year’s event saw probably about 25% more traffic than the 2015 show.  Assisting in this uptake was the fact that the 2016 show was co-located with several other events including the Network infrastructure Forum, ETA’s Education Forum, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit, as well as a Motorola partner event.

Hot topics at the 2016 show included FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority). FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network in the US. Congress allotted $7 billion and 20 MHz of valuable radio spectrum to build this network. “FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) should generate “fierce competition” for the right to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network,” stated one panelist.  Integrated with this discussion were sessions on how to deploy LTE within public safety and the integration of service, device and the network. LMR has been around for a long time, but LTE is fairly new to the industry. Our feeling is that LTE and LMR will co-exist for many years. Other areas of discussion included: various mission critical applications for public safety and the network interoperability among public safety agencies.

And there was no lack of energy or excitement at the Sinclair booth! Showcasing our new look for 2016, the booth was abuzz with customers, distributors and new prospects.

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In our centerpiece product tower, Sinclair was showcasing some of our newest technologies including the SC251D 2.3dBd dual collinear omni antenna featuring low passive intermod performance with 35dB minimum isolation guaranteed. Fabricated using durable components, this series of antennas is designed and fabricated for ease of installation and to meet the most stringent wind and ice loading requirements. Due to its wide band, high average power and PIP (Peak Instantaneous Power) power handling capability, this antenna is ideally suited for VHF trunking applications or multi-channel operations. The reliability and durability of this antenna makes it suitable for mission critical applications such as public safety and law enforcement.

20160323_094022_resizedBoth at the our booth and IWCE’s Product Showcase, Sinclair highlighted the SM700, broadband multifunctional transport antenna which is specifically designed to address the need for a compact, low profile, broadband antenna that is truly universal. When used with a cross-band coupler, a single antenna can serve multiple discrete RF systems operating in the 694-6000MHz range. Designed to withstand harsh environments and constant vibration without compromising performance, the rugged SM700 series antennas are ideal for vehicular rooftop mounting. The SM700 offers easy installation with just one hole mount and greater protection against water ingression. The SM700 is ideal for public safety and transportation applications and we also engaged in multiple conversations about in-building uses.

The IWCE show provided an excellent opportunity for our team to connect with prospects, customers and partners who we haven’t seen in a while. The overwhelming sentiment from our customers is that they are happy with the quality and reliability of Sinclair products and the knowledge of our sales team – they like doing business with a well-established company. With prospects that stopped by the booth, we saw increased discussions on Sinclair’s systems design and customization capabilities.

Overall, the show was a huge success for the team and we will be busy following up with all of the leads we collected.

For more information about Sinclair products, visit http://www.sinctech.com/. Or sign up for our newsletter that will be coming out shortly! http://www.sinctech.com/contact/

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Norsat Showcases Products at CABSAT – the Leading Platform for the Broadcast, Production and Satellite Market in MENA.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15

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Thank you to everyone who attended and dropped by the Norsat booth in Za’abeel Hall at the 22nd annual CABSAT show held March 8-10 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

CABSAT is the largest show for the satellite and broadcast industry for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and has a great reputation for driving the transformative markets in these regions.

CABSAT provides a tailored experience for industry experts to engage, strategize and debate future market trends, and source the latest broadcast and satellite technologies.
Here are a few highlights of the show:

  • Norsat showcased one of our high performance portable satellite terminals, the Ranger 60, a one case solution for military customers requiring a small form factor.
  • ATOM series of Ka and Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), our new 25W Ka BUC saw considerable interest.
  • The new 5200 C-band PLL LNB was a hit as customers found the price points close to a DRO, but with the performance of a PLL.
  • The Satellite GVF summit held on day 2 of the show had discussions tackling the issues of spectrum, low earth satellite solutions and satellite use for evolving and emerging broadcast markets.

Of the six years we have attended this show; in 2016 we saw the most qualified traffic in the Norsat booth.

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