800-Watt and 1500-Watt Power Amplifiers are used to upgrade the QINIQ SATCOM Network
SATCOM Technologies’ electronic products have been selected by SSi Micro of Yellowknife Canada to support a broadband network for Canada’s far northern territories.
The network, named QINIQ for the Inuktitut word ‘to search,’ was created by SSi Micro to provide reliable communications for isolated Nunavut communities located within the Arctic Circle. While Nunavut has a landmass accounting for one-fifth of Canada’s terrain, accessibility is limited to air travel – weather permitting. The communities do not have access to terrestrial communications or roads.
Jeff Philipp, President of SSi Micro, said, “Our goal is to provide true broadband (1.5 megabits per second) communications to the communities in the far northern territories. This would allow reliable voice over Internet, lag-free video streaming and faster downloads of files. SATCOM Technologies’ products play an important role in support of this effort and help to demonstrate that broadband is achievable in remote and rural areas worldwide.”
QINIQ established its first network in 2005 after receiving funding from the Government of Canada with matching funds from SSi Micro. The network used 80-Watt amplifiers in each community to bring a viable satellite communications link online. Since that time user demand for more bandwidth has increased dramatically. In 2009 SSi Micro began a substantial network upgrade and redesign program to meet growing needs while allowing for future scalability. A significant part of the upgrade included the installation of ModuMAX and QuadMOD power amplifiers from SATCOM Technologies.
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David Powers, Sales Engineer for SATCOM Technologies’ State College, Pennsylvania, facility, said, “Our 800-Watt QuadMOD power amplifiers are installed at each of the 26 Nunavut satellite terminals and two of our 1500-Watt ModuMAX units support the network’s hub in Ottawa to ensure faster connections and downloads. The solid-state QuadMOD power amplifiers are ideally suited for use in remote locations. In addition to boosting signal power, the units are safe and easy to maintain which is important when you don’t have a dedicated technician on site. The power supplies, RF Modules and communication/logic cards are contained in separate modules that easily plug in. Modules can be interchanged from one unit to another without loss of link.”