VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a satellite communications system that serves home and business users. A VSAT end user needs a box that interfaces between the user’s computer and an outside antenna with a transceiver. The transceiver receives or sends a signal to a satellite transponder in the sky. The satellite sends and receives signals from an earth station computer that acts as a hub for the system. Each end user is interconnected with the hub station via the satellite. For one end user to communicate with another, each transmission has to go first go to the hub station, which retransmits it via the satellite to the other end user’s VSAT. VSAT handles data, voice and video signals.
For private applications, companies can have total control of their own communication system without dependence on other companies. Business and home users also get higher speed reception that if using ordinary telephone service.