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Take the 2015 Norsat Customer Survey for Your Chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card

Posted on Friday, May 22

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survey-newsNorsat International is committed to total customer satisfaction by delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations.  Here at Norsat, we take this promise very seriously!

We invite you to take our 2015 Customer Survey and give Norsat the opportunity to improve our products and services to better meet your needs. Listening to our customers is the only way to guarantee we create products that you actually want to buy. Customer feedback is commonly used throughout the product development process to ensure that the end product is something that solves a customer’s problem or fulfils a need.

The survey includes questions about products, technical support, and Norsat’s corporate identity.  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will remain saved if you need to come back to finish the survey later.

Take the Survey Graphic half sizeComplete the survey by June 19th and as a thank you, we will enter your name into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card. You can complete the survey anonymously, but you’ll need to give us your email address to win the prize.

We thank you in advance for completing the survey!

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Norsat Hosts NATO for Official Acceptance Testing

Posted on Thursday, May 21

Norsat hosted two representatives from NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) to review the DART+ (Dual-band Auto-acquire Rapid-deployable) satellite terminal upgrades that Norsat completed for NATO. Norsat worked exclusively with NATO to design and develop the innovative DART+ product which has been deployed in active combat areas since January 2012, and is now an integral part of NCIA’s field communications program.
The DART+ terminals are used to provide data, voice and telecommunications within the theater of operation, and enable field personnel to establish communications anywhere regardless of infrastructure availability or environmental conditions.NATO_testing_Dec2014NATO_testing_2_Dec2014

This site visit focused on ensuring that the previous DART terminals were upgraded to meet the new features and functionality of the new DART+ satellites and were completed to NATO’s satisfaction. These on-site Factory Acceptance Tests ensure that the system is functioning properly before the remainder of the DART terminals undergo the upgrades. Key test areas that NATO reviewed were the ability to track inclined orbit satellites and fiber optic connectivity. Testing also included itemizing components, verifying the quality of work, and temperature cycling. Our guests didn’t have to endure the Vancouver rain, but did have to stand outside in close to zero degree weather while Norsat’s experienced production technicians ran through the extensive testing.

We are happy to report that after three days of rigorous testing that Norsat has received official Acceptance from NATO.

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Norsat ranks 90 on the Who’s Who in Canadian ICT List

Posted on Wednesday, April 29

2015-Branham300-B300-Logo-Badge-MEDIUMNorsat International is proud to rank #90 on the Branham300, up eight spots from our 2013 ranking.

The Branham300 list recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues.
Norsat has made measurable progress in advancing its leadership position within the industry with our innovative communications technology solutions and is excited for the opportunities to grow our business into 2015 and beyond.

The 2015 Edition of the Branham300 marks the 22nd year of the listing—and another year in which Canada’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector set a revenue record.

The ICT sector in Canada continues to impress. For the fifth consecutive year, the Top 250 recorded growth and set record revenues, and 2014 was no exception with an increase in revenues of 6.8% to $90.9 billion.

That is a remarkable total, especially considering that revenues at companies such as BlackBerry, the former king of Canada’s ICT sector, dropped 38% to $7.7 billion in fiscal 2014.

The Branham Group is a leading consultancy, exclusively focused on the technology sector. They deliver intelligence and knowledge as focused analysis, breakthrough advice and thought leadership.

For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s ICT companies click here.

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Some Cool Technology Hits the Street at NAB 2015

Posted on Tuesday, April 21

There was some cool and exciting new technology launched at the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 show last week in Las Vegas and nothing could have been cooler than Norsat’s high performance 5000 Series PLL LNBs! (ok maybe those drones with video cameras might have been the coolest, but we were a close second I am sure!)

20150413_150705Norsat launched our new 5000 Series LNBs which are ideally suited for high-end broadcast applications including DBV (digital broadcast video), VSAT broadband, military satcom, point-of-sale, and oil and gas. The 5000 Series was well received by customers and prospects, especially from Latin America, as it fills a gap in the L.O. stability between Norsat’s 3000 and 8000 product lines and comes at a very attractive price point.  At the show we also were showcasing our ATOM Series of BUCs and SSPAs and our Ranger microsat terminal, which garnered a fair amount of attention as well.

Our team had fantastic meetings with our partners SatCom Resources, IK Tech, and ThinKom, and Norsat’s microwave products were on display or integrated into satellite terminals at several of our partners’ booths. Thanks to TVG-SEG, Viking Satellite, Superior Satellite Engineers, DH Antennas, for your continued support!

The majority of inquiries we received were for Ku-Band, but there were also a few questions about availability of products for S-band. As well, despite the “rumblings” in various parts of the world about reappropriating C-Band frequency for terrestrial applications, we are still seeing a huge demand and long-term deployment interest from customers in the broadcast arena.  

20150413_161759Overall traffic for the show was excellent and kept our sales team busy. Even though our feet are still tired and the Vegas exhaustion is just subsiding, we are already counting the days until the NAB 2016 show, April 16th 2016. See you on the show floor next year!

 

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Distributor Focus: Unmanned Systems Source

Posted on Thursday, April 9

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Norsat is pleased to announce that we have recently signed an agreement to partner with Unmanned Systems to help bring Norsat’s ATOM Series of satellite communication solutions to customers around the world.

Unmanned Systems Source is an online, e-commerce warehouse with the fastest growing selection of unmanned systems and remote sensing products available today. It is positioned as a “one-stop-shop” that serves the commercial, governmental and public sectors.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Unmanned System Source provides direct benefits to visitors – including the ability to research, configure and purchase a fully customized unmanned system to suit specific applications…all at the click of a mouse.

Unmanned Systems Source supports the customization process through extensive product descriptions, technical data and drawings, detailed specifications, comparison tools, educational resources, as well as an internal team of technical and configuration specialists available to answer questions. All this plus, competitive pricing, convenient shipping and a helpful and courteous customer support staff. Refunds and returns are available for all products purchased.

“The Unmanned System Source website is targeted directly at unmanned systems integrators, it is an ideal place to list our ATOM Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) and Block Upconverters (BUCs.)  The Norsat ATOM series of Ku-band SSPAs and BUCs ranging in power from 25W to 250W, are smaller and lighter than any product currently on the market, and are particularly useful for COTM/SOTM platforms with size, weight, and power constraints. The ATOM products are airborne qualified and have been implemented in Line-of-sight (LOS) and Beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications payloads in Group 3 or larger UAVs,” stated Dr. Amiee Chan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norsat International Inc.

For more information about Unmanned System Source, and the Norsat products they carry, please click here or go to http://www.unmannedsystemssource.com/

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Norsat Sales Gathers for Strategic Learning Sessions

Posted on Friday, February 6

The Norsat Worldwide Sales Team was in Vancouver last week for our annual Sales and Marketing Conference. The three-day session included presentations from the Norsat executive, engineering, product marketing and marketing communications. Each of the satellite and microwave sales members outlined their territory and sales plans for the year as well.

Team members from our engineering and customer support conducted hands-on training including a demo of the 1.8M SigmaLink transportable satellite terminal and the LinkControl Software features such as the acquisition and control interfaces, pre-configurable user profiles and auto-detection capabilities for easy modem or bandwidth switching.

A good portion of the conference was dedicated to discussion around product roadmap and market/customer requirements, and how Norsat can continue to innovate in order to meet our customer needs.

For a break from the technical presentations, the sales and marketing department participated in the Marshmallow Challenge, a fun team building and instructional design exercise which encourages teams to work collaboratively, and think innovatively and creatively.

Congratulations to Sheri Morita, Microwave Product Manager and Stan Mullery, Norsat UK Sales on completing the challenge with their rendition of the Eiffel tower.

Conducting yearly sales training allows the sales and marketing teams to understand the strategic direction of the company and come together on a yearly basis to discuss sales strategies in order to help the business move to the next level and achieve our desired results.

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Televisa- 2014 World Cup- Case Study

Posted on Wednesday, August 20

Televisa- 2014 World Cup -click here for the full case study.

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Televisa is the largest multimedia corporation in Latin America. It is a major international entertainment business offering content such as TV shows, sports and newscasts across Latin America. The Televisa team has recently been busy with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Their satellite team has travelled from Mexico to Brazil with their satellite truck, covering the Mexican team and it’s opponent’s matches. Oscar Herrera Ramirez is the Chief of Broadband and Satellite Network Operations at Televisa. He is responsible for the maintenance of the terminals, remote links with satellite and daily operations of the Televisa satellite team.

When they are not streaming a FIFA game, the satellite team is broadcasting reports, player interviews, location- specific news and more. During the football matches, they install antennas in areas where there are large gatherings of viewers, such as main plazas or city squares. Oscar explains to us how Norsat terminals enable the Televisa team to capture the public reaction the moment it happens. Norsat terminals stream the content to the International Broadcast Center in Rio, which is then broadcast to the world. Thousands of fans may be lucky enough to enjoy the football in person, but it’s estimated that over 3.2 billion of us will catch the live TV coverage, and Norsat and Televisa have a hand in making that happen.

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Norsat Newslink terminals

Norsat and Televisa

Televisa’s satellite operations unit uses Norsat LNBs as well as Norsat Newslink terminals. The LNBs being used for the  World Cup are used on 4.5, 3.7, 1.5 and 1.0 meter C and Ku Band antennas (pictured to the right). Norsat Newslink terminals have given the satellite team at Televisa the ability to provide rapid response to the needs of various Televisa productions. Oscar also explains that the quality of Norsat products has allowed them to be used by Televisa for a long period of time with little need for repair or upkeep. Oscar says that the primary reasons for purchasing Norsat equipment was cost, quality and technical support. 

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Norsat Newslink set up at a hotel ready for live broadcast.

When asked about the experience of working with Norsat products, Oscar replied that Norsat products give them a great deal of confidence in their job function. Norsat is pleased to provide Televisa with a dedicated technical support representative should the need arise. Oscar also commented that the design of Norsat terminals gives them the flexibility to adapt to different types of RF equipment and make upgrades to keep up with new technologies.

The Norsat Newslink

Norsat’s Flyaway Satellite Terminals are extremely rugged and transportable and are designed for newsgathering in challenging environments. Conveniently packaged in industrial cases and supported by advanced pointing tools, customers like Televisa are able to set up and begin transmitting in a matter of minutes, without technical expertise.

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Norsat’s Flyaway systems are field proven, rugged and reliable. With units continuously operating for more than eight years (by military and civilian customers) in locations including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti, users like Oscar rely upon the extreme durability of Norsat’s Satellite Solutions for broadcast quality transmission when it matters most.

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Norsat’s LinkControl™ software seamlessly integrates all the tools needed for Satellite News Gathering with an easy to use interface and advanced capabilities.

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Norsat terminals feature tool-free setup and an intuitive deployment strategy. Norsat’s flyaway terminals are available in aperture sizes of 45 centimeters to 3.8 meters and include HD support with one or more airline checkable cases.

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Oscar in front of the terminals, night time in Rio.

Communication is Our Passion

Norsat is committed to helping customers get the most out of their products. Customers like Televisa benefit from Norsat’s mission of being a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. Televisa’s work at the 2014 World Cup is a great example of how Norsat connects the world to share some of the most exciting moments in history.

To find out more about Televisa, visit www.televisa com.

 

 

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Norsat and the US Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Posted on Monday, July 21

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We recently caught up with one of our military customers and he explained to us how Norsat’s technology has provided vital communication links for the US Army. SSG Allen is a former Staff Sergeant for the Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. He worked with Norsat Newslink terminals to deliver content to military families and the public through news affiliates using DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System). 

SSG Allen was based at a Multi-National Division in Northern Iraq. That particular division used a Norsat Newslink terminal to provide real-time communication with the US and to broadcast interviews from high-ranking officials about  military activities, concerns and special events in-theater.The Mobile Public Affairs’ Norsat Newslink terminal also enabled their detachment to “tell the soldier’s story”, enabling them to give b-roll and packages to news affiliates. 

SSG Allen commented that these lines of communication were key in increasing morale in the Soldiers and their families by allowing the transmission of “shout outs”. Through these broadcast messages, Soldiers were given the chance to regularly send love to their families.

At Norsat, we take pride in being a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. This is just one example of how our technology helps provide communications around the globe in a variety of unique situations. 

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New Video- ATOM Control Software

Posted on Thursday, July 3

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Norsat’s ATOMControl software features an easy to use user Interface that gives you the ability to monitor and control Norsat’s ATOM Series of BUCs & SSPAs. This video will serve as a guide for the download, installation and basic troubleshooting of the software.

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Norsat Newsflash June 2014

Posted on Tuesday, June 3

In Stock & Ready to Ship!

Microwave Product Offering Chart May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norsat is pleased to offer a wide range of in-stock microwave products that are ready to ship! Our large selection is just one of the reasons why Norsat is the world’s leading brand for microwave products. Here are just a few of the high-quality, fully tested products we have in stock. Please contact us online , by email or by telephone at 1 800 644 4562 to order or for more information on our other available products.

2014 Tradeshows

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Norsat was at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Show in Orlando, Florida this year. The Unmanned Systems show is the place to see the most comprehensive collection of unmanned systems for every domain including air, ground and maritime. We were pleased to show off our airborne product family including power amplifiers, BUCs, BDCs and LNBs.

Although we have been all over the globe this year at various shows, we still have more left! We will be exhibiting at:

CommunicAsia 2014
We are off to Singapore for CommunicAsia 2014. We will have with us our new ATOMseries BUCs and SSPAs, Ranger 60cm microsat terminal for the military satcom market, as well as new antenna and RF conditioning products from our Sinclair Division.

Eurosatory 2014
Norsat will also be in Paris this June for Eurosatory which is an International Defence & Security industry trade show. We will be exhibiting in the Canadian Pavilion with our innovative, ruggedized microwave and satellite solutions geared towards our military users.

Norsat NewsLink™ Aids in Korea Ferry Accident Recovery Effort

Norsat is passionate about providing reliable equipment to support vital communications in challenging situations.The Norsat NewsLink™ is currently being used to stream live television news broadcast of the relief efforts from the tragic South Korean ferry accident.

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Other Norsat users have come to rely on the NewsLink’s extreme durability and ruggedness for operation in sandstorms, earthquake aftermaths, arctic conditions, and extreme rainfall. For more information click here.

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ATOM Launch

 

We have officially launched our state-of-the-art ATOM line up of BUCs and SSPAs. Since launch, we have received an overwhelming response. Check out our video for details about ATOM and its applications.

Norsat AGM 2014

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We held our Norsat Annual General Meeting this year on May 7th in downtown Vancouver. We had a great turnout from our investors and the event was a success!

 

Norsat in the News…

ViaSatellite May Issue (pages 58 & 59)- Our CEO, Dr.Amiee Chan is featured in the May edition of ViaSatellite where she discusses how she found her passion for communications technology.

Satellite Evolution– Satellite Evolution covers the launch of our ATOM BUCs and SSPAs.

SatNews Publishers– SatNews Publishers covers our technology showcase for CommunicAsia 2014.

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