Satellite PTT for Backcountry Skiers: Range, Signal, Ease of Use

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There are numerous settings where having a robust communication device is enormously valuable, many of which surround remote settings where things like cell phones won’t be a viable way of communicating. One great example of people who need satellite communications and related forms of technology: Backcountry skiers, snowboarders and other winter athletes.

At International Satellite Services, we proudly offer the very best satellite push-to-talk solutions and related forms of satellite communications, including the MSATe PTT radio and several other quality products. What are some of the key qualities of these products that are so valuable to backcountry winter athletes, and which should you be prioritizing if you’re purchasing satellite communications devices for your needs? This two-part blog will go over everything you need to know.


One of the single areas where satellite PTT products hold a clear advantage over other forms of communications is their range. While cell phones rely on distant cell phone towers in order to transmit, satellite communications devices use satellites that are far closer and thus can reach much farther without the need for a relay station. This means you won’t have any issues with connectivity at all times.

Satellite PTT products, in particular, have virtually unlimited range when set up on quality networks. Our MSATe clients, for instance, get coverage all around the country and even beyond, as far away as Alaska. As long as you’re within North America’s footprint and have a clear line of sight to the sky, you’ll be able to communicate with your friends in any setting.

Strong Signal Quality

Another major priority when it comes to satellite communication devices is the quality of their signal. You don’t want to be in a situation where you’re trying to make a call or send a message but are getting poor service as a result, and with satellite PTT products, that won’t be an issue.

Our MSATe products have been tested and proven to be able to withstand all sorts of environments, and they’ll provide you with the quality signal you need. This is especially important in situations where your life could depend on reliable satellite communications devices – whether that’s from maintaining an emergency line of communication or simply wanting to make sure you can stay connected during a long day of skiing.

Ergonomic and Easy to Use

As far as designs go, satellite PTT products are very simple and easy to use. You won’t have much of a learning curve at all when it comes to picking up our MSATe products, or any other form of satellite communication device for that matter. They’re also fairly lightweight so you can take them with you on long treks without feeling weighed down.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer the absolute best satellite PTT products on the market today. For more information about our selection of products and how you can utilize them for your needs, please call us or visit our website today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Satellite PTT Adoption: Staff, Stakeholders, Upkeep

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the key factors that you should likely be considering if you’re thinking about adopting satellite push-to-talk (PTT) communications within your regular operations. Such solutions are regularly utilized among many different organizations and industries, and if you’re considering becoming one of them, you’ll want to keep a few important concepts in mind.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to provide clients with an industry-leading range of satellite PTT products, including the MSATe, the MSAT-G2 and more. Today’s part two of our series will go over some additional themes to be keeping in mind if you’re looking into adopting satellite PTT solutions, or even if you’ve already decided to make this move and need some help with implementation.

Consider Staff and Employee Implementation

As you’re thinking about integrating satellite PTT within your company’s regular operations, it’s critical to think about implementation from the standpoint of your staff and employees. How will they be using this technology on a day-to-day basis? What sorts of tasks or responsibilities will they need it for? Will everyone in the company need to be outfitted with their own device, or will you be able to get by with a smaller number?

These are the sorts of questions that you’ll need to have answers to before you can move forward with an effective implementation strategy. Once you have a good understanding of how your staff will be using satellite PTT, you can start thinking about which devices will be best for them and what sort of features and capabilities they’ll need to be effective in their roles.

Specific Stakeholder Usage

Relatedly, several different parties or stakeholders may administer or utilize satellite PTT communications — and it’s important to consider all of them and how they may benefit from or interact with the system. Here are some examples:

  • Operations staff: Will need to use the system regularly, often for mission-critical tasks. Needs to be user-friendly and intuitive.
  • Field staff: May not be using the system as regularly as operations staff, but still needs to be able to utilize it effectively when needed.
  • IT support staff: Will need to be able to quickly and easily troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise.
  • Administrative staff: May need access to certain features or capabilities, such as location tracking, that other stakeholders may not require.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Finally, like any other major technology implementation, satellite PTT will require some ongoing maintenance and upkeep to ensure that it’s running smoothly and that all stakeholders are able to utilize it effectively. This may include regularly scheduled check-ins or maintenance windows, as well as having a designated support staff member who can quickly troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you have a good understanding of your service agreement with your satellite PTT provider. This will help you to know what sort of support you can expect from them and what sort of resources they can provide in the event that something does go wrong.

For more on the themes to consider for satellite PTT company adoption, or to learn about any of our cutting-edge mobile satellite services, speak to the pros at International Satellite Services today.

Satellite PTT Adoption: Industries, Environment, Features Needed

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The realm of satellite communications is viable across large swaths of people, both in the individual realm and the commercial one. Within this latter area, a number of companies in varying industries may be looking to adopt satellite push-to-talk (PTT) solutions for use within their organizations.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer the very best satellite PTT solutions available, including the MSAT-G2, the MSATe and other forms of both mobile and fixed satellite radio products. If you’re considering adoption of any of these products within your company or organization, we’re standing by to assist you with every element of this process. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some important areas to evaluate as you do this.

Industries Where Satellite Communications Are Useful

Before we get too far into the weeds of this topic, it’s important to understand some of the most common applications and industries that can benefit from satellite communications technology. Here are just a few examples:

  • Companies in remote locations: If your company is based in or doing business in a remote location, whether that’s due to the geography of your area or because you frequently travel to such locations, satellite communications can be an ideal solution.
  • Organizations with mobile workforces: If your workforce is constantly on the move, whether they’re in vehicles, boats, aircraft or working in other portable settings, satellite communications can provide them with the reliable connectivity they need to stay connected.
  • Businesses with critical communications needs: In some industries, such as emergency services, utilities and transportation, it’s essential to have a backup communications solution in place in case of an emergency. Satellite communications can provide that vital link when other forms of communication are down.

Now that we’ve looked at a few examples of the types of companies and organizations that can benefit from satellite communications, let’s take a closer look at some of the factors you should consider when deciding if satellite PTT is right for your business.

Environment for Use

One of the key factors to consider when evaluating satellite PTT solutions is the environment in which you’ll be using the system. If you’re planning to use it in a remote location, for example, you’ll need to take into account factors such as terrain, foliage and weather conditions. These can all have an impact on the reliability of your communications.

If you’re using the system in an urban environment, on the other hand, you’ll need to consider factors such as buildings and other man-made structures that could potentially block or interfere with your signal.

Prior Features Being Replaced

As you move away from your prior communications system, you’ll want to carefully consider which features are most important to you and your organization. Make a list of the features that are “must-haves” in your new system, as well as any nice-to-haves that would be beneficial but aren’t essential. This will help you to narrow down your options and find the right solution for your needs.

We’ll continue this list in part two of our series. For more on this, or to learn about any of our fantastic satellite PTT, satellite internet or other satellite communications programs, speak to our staff at International Satellite Services today.

PTT Usage Tips: How to Approach Conversations

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we began looking into the important area of proper usage for any satellite push-to-talk (PTT) product you may be utilizing, namely in the area of preparation before speaking. These products are highly useful if they’re approached in the right ways, and this just requires some simple knowledge of things like terminology and basic use formats.

At International Satellite Services, we’re happy to offer use recommendations for any of our satellite PTT products, which include the MSATe, the MSAT-G2 and a number of others. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some further best practices on utilizing push-to-talk devices during the actual conversation itself.

ID Yourself and Your Recipient

Anytime you’re starting a new conversation over a satellite PTT device, it’s important that you properly identify yourself as well as your intended recipient. This will help to avoid any confusion and mix-ups that could occur, particularly if more than one conversation is happening at the same time.

When you first start speaking, make sure to state your name or any other identifier that will let the other person know who you are. You should also ask them to do the same so that you can be sure that you’re talking to the right person.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Since satellite PTT devices work by sending radio waves through space, it’s important to keep your conversations as short as possible. The longer your conversation, the more likely it is that the signal will degrade and become unclear.

If you have a lot to say, consider breaking up your conversation into smaller chunks so that each part is easier to understand. You can also try to talk slower than usual so that your words don’t run together.

Know Your Time Limit

While speaking, it’s also important to be aware of any time limits that may be in place. If you’re using a shared satellite PTT device, others may be waiting to use it after you’re finished.

To avoid taking up more time than necessary, try to keep your conversation as brief as possible. If you need to talk for a longer period of time, you can always schedule a time to use the device again later.

Pause Before Speaking

Because there’s sometimes a short delay between when you press the talk button and when your voice is transmitted, it’s important to pause for a second before speaking. This will help to ensure that your words are transmitted clearly and without any cut-offs.

If you find that you’re having trouble pausing long enough, you can try counting to three in your head before starting to speak. This will help to ensure that you don’t accidentally talk over yourself.

Be Mindful of Noise

When you’re talking over a satellite PTT device, it’s important to be aware of any background noise that may be present. Things like loud music or machinery can make it difficult for the person on the other end to hear what you’re saying.

If possible, try to find a quiet place to talk or wait until the noise has died down before starting your conversation. You can also try to speak a little louder than usual so that your voice can be heard over the noise.

For more on how to properly utilize satellite PTT products optimally, or to learn about any of our satellite PTT or satellite internet and phone products, speak to the team at International Satellite Services today.

PTT Usage Tips: Terminology and Pre-Use Preparation

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While some people who are purchasing satellite push-to-talk and related satellite communication products will already be experienced with their use, many are also first-timers who have never utilized these devices before. Such individuals may have a number of questions about these products, and some of these tend to revolve around simple use and utilization tips.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer industry-leading satellite push-to-talk (PTT) products, including the MSATe, MSAT-G2 and several others. From a very general standpoint, what are some simple tips we often provide to clients on how to use these products properly? This two-part blog series will go over several basic areas to keep in mind when using these and related forms of two-way communication.

Knowing Basic Terminology

One of the first and most important tips we can give is to make sure you understand the basic terminology associated with these products. Here are just a few key terms and their definitions that you should know:

  • “Over”: This is a message that is sent to confirm to someone that you’ve finished speaking.
  • “Say again”: This is a message requesting the other person to repeat what they just said.
  • “Copy”: This is a message indicating that you’ve understood what the other person has said. The term “Roger” is also often used here.
  • “Stand by”: This indicates that you’re not ready to talk at the moment, but will be soon.
  • “Go ahead”: This message indicates that it’s now your turn to speak.
  • “Break”: This is used to indicate a pause in the conversation, usually for just a few seconds.
  • “Out”: This is used to indicate the end of the conversation.

There are other terms you may come across as well, but these are some of the most commonly used. It’s important to understand these before using satellite PTT products, as misunderstandings can easily occur if the wrong term is used.

Preparation Before Use

Before using any PTT device, it’s important to take a few minutes to prepare for the call. This includes ensuring that the device is fully charged, as you don’t want your call to be cut off due to a dead battery. You should also make sure you’re in an area that’s covered within your talkgroup.

You should also have an idea of what you want to say before beginning the call, as trying to think of things on the fly can often lead to pauses and awkwardness in the conversation. Finally, prepare for the mechanics of the call itself: PTT systems are one-at-a-time communication systems, so when your button is pressed to speak, no one else will be heard. Be sure to keep this in mind during all conversations.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some in-conversation areas to be aware of as you utilize your satellite push-to-talk solutions. For more on this, or to learn about the MSAT-G2, the MSATe or any of our other quality PTT and other satellite products, speak to the team at International Satellite Services today.

MSAT PTT Across Industries: Utilities, Public Safety, Oil and Gas

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the major industries where push-to-talk satellite communications services can be enormously valuable. These products, such as MSAT-G2, MSATe and other satellite PTT solutions, play vital roles across a variety of different areas of modern industry, assisting clients in several important ways.

At International Satellite Services, satellite PTT options like the MSAT-G2 and many others are some of our specialties. What are some of the other major industries where satellite communications like these prove to have significant value, and why are these products so necessary for some of them? Here’s a rundown.

Utilities and Power

There are several key ways satellite PTT can benefit utilities and power companies. For one, these systems can provide vital backup communications in the event of a power outage or other emergency situation that takes out terrestrial networks.

Additionally, workers in remote locations can use these systems to communicate with each other and with dispatch, ensuring that everyone is aware of what’s going on at all times. This is essential for both coordination and safety.

Finally, MSAT push-to-talk systems can also be used to monitor equipment remotely, allowing companies to save on travel costs and keep a closer eye on things. For instance, if a worker in a remote location notices an issue with a piece of equipment, they can use their satellite PTT radio to immediately contact someone who can help.

Public Safety and Disaster Response

While we went over law enforcement in part one of our series, a tangentially related industry that also relies on satellite PTT is public safety and disaster response. In the event of a major emergency or natural disaster, terrestrial networks are often overloaded or taken out entirely. This can make it extremely difficult for first responders to communicate with each other, coordinate their efforts, and provide vital assistance to those who need it.

With a satellite PTT system in place, however, first responders can rest assured that they’ll always be able to stay in touch, no matter what. This is an absolutely essential tool for keeping people safe in emergency situations.

Oil and Gas

Oil and gas companies often operate in remote locations where terrestrial networks simply aren’t available. In these cases, satellite PTT is the only way for workers to stay in touch.

Additionally, oil and gas companies often need to monitor their equipment remotely. This is usually done via SCADA systems, which require a reliable two-way connection in order to function properly. Satellite PTT radios are ideal for this purpose, as they can provide the necessary connection even in the most remote locations.

For more on the numerous industries where our products serve important roles, or to learn about any of our satellite PTT, satellite radio or other communication solutions, speak to the experts at International Satellite Services today.

MSAT PTT Across Industries: Construction, Military, Transportation

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There are certain products whose value extends across numerous fields and industries, and a great example here is satellite communications. Products like the MSAT-G2, MSATe and other satellite push-to-talk solutions, for instance, are found across a huge swath of industries, valuable to each for a number of different reasons.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer MSAT-G2, MSATe and several other satellite push-to-talk (PTT) voice solutions for clients in a wide variety of fields. What are some of the industries where our products are most commonly utilized, and why are they so useful across such a huge scope? This two-part blog series will go over everything you should know in this area.

Mining, Construction and Forestry

One of the widest-ranging applications of satellite PTT voice solutions like ours is in the mining, construction and forestry fields. These industries rely heavily on mobile communications, especially when traveling to remote areas far away from established infrastructure.

For example, our MSAT-G2 devices are ideal for use in mining operations both above and below ground. In underground mines, MSAT-G2 satcom terminals can be used with VoIP over Satellite gateway, which enables high quality voice communications even in the most trying circumstances. This is a necessity for effective and safe mining operations, as Mines Rescue Teams need to be able to communicate clearly and reliably at all times.

MSAT-G2 devices are also very useful in surface mining applications as well. These allow for reliable communications over a wide area, enabling workers to stay connected even while traveling between different sites or on the move.

Military and Law Enforcement

There are numerous military and law enforcement applications for our satellite PTT voice solutions as well. In fact, MSAT devices have been used in a range of military applications, including convoy operations, field communications, tactical missions and more.

One key reason why they are so widely adopted is that they’re extremely compact and lightweight, making them easy to set up even in the most challenging circumstances. Additionally, they’re highly durable and can withstand weather conditions that are beyond what most commercial equipment can handle.

Another reason why satellite PTT devices have become so popular with law enforcement is the fact that they enable officers to communicate even via a single radio in an area where there isn’t any broadcasting infrastructure available.

Transportation Services

Another industry where our satellite PTT voice solutions have become increasingly popular is transportation. This is because these devices offer a number of advantages for companies that provide transportation services, whether it’s shipping goods or ferrying passengers.

For instance, our MSATe device is often used by trucking companies as it offers an extremely rugged and durable design that can withstand the rigors of long-distance travel. Additionally, it’s very compact and easy to install, making it a great choice for transportation companies that need a reliable and cost-effective communications solution.

This is just a small sampling of some of the most common industries where our satellite PTT voice solutions are utilized. For more on this, or to learn about any of our MSAT or other push-to-talk solutions, speak to the team at International Satellite Services today.

MSAT Satellite PTT: Basics and How the Technology Works

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When it comes to quality communication capabilities from any place on the planet, particularly remote locations or potential emergency situations, one of the single most useful technologies on the market today is known as satellite PTT, or Push-to-Talk. Utilized by numerous people and entities, from remote explorers to first responders and a huge range in between, PTT technology offers benefits ranging from safety and security to wide-ranging coverage and more.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer clients a number of different PTT materials and industry-leading brands, including top options like the MSATe Push-to-Talk Radio, the MSAT-G2 Push-to-Talk Radio and many others. What exactly is satellite Push-to-Talk equipment? How does it work, and what are some of its top benefits to varying groups? This two-part blog series will go over everything you need to know.

What is PTT Technology?

As its name indicates, satellite PTT technology refers to the use of satellites to provide voice and other communication capabilities that can be accessed with the single push of a button. The standard walkie-talkie is perhaps the most well-known form of PTT technology dating back many years, but it’s far from the only option today — others include:

  • High-frequency radios: HF radios have been used for many years to send voice communications over long distances. Some still have limitations in terms of the number of people who can participate in a conversation simultaneously, but these have reduced in recent years.
  • Land-mobile radios (LMRs): LMRs are typically used by first responders, such as police and firefighters, to communicate over a specific area or region.
  • Satellite phones: Satellite phones are similar to cellular phones, but use satellites to connect to the network instead of terrestrial cell towers.
  • PTT over IP: PTT over IP refers to using the Internet to send and receive PTT communications. This can be done through a number of different methods, including apps on cellular phones, VoIP services like Skype, and dedicated devices like the Push-to-Talk Global phone.

How Does Satellite PTT Technology Operate?

Traditional PTT devices, such as most radio systems, rely on terrestrial infrastructure — meaning they have major limits in terms of their range. Satellite PTT devices, on the other hand, use satellites to communicate with one another, which allows for a much wider area of coverage. Additionally, satellite PTT devices are not subject to the same terrain or weather-related limitations as traditional devices, making them ideal for use in remote locations or extreme weather conditions.

When a button is pushed on a satellite PTT device, the signal is sent up to the satellite, which relays it down to the nearest satellite PTT device. This process repeats until the message reaches its intended destination. The amount of time it takes for a message to reach its destination depends on a number of factors, including the distance between devices, the type of device being used, and the type of service plan that is in place.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some of the major benefits of satellite PTT technology for various groups.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our satellite PTT, handheld radio or any other technologies we offer, speak to our team at International Satellite Services today.

Value of Iridium Satellite Equipment: Compatibility and Value Adds

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the ways that Iridium, an industry leader in satellite phone and related technology, provides value. From their unmatched global coverage to the durability of their equipment compared to other providers, there are several reasons why Iridium is considered one of the top companies in this space.

And at International Satellite Services, we’re happy to partner with Iridium and their fantastic network, providing clients with the best coverage possible. What are some of the other qualities that give Iridium its stellar reputation, and why should you consider utilizing their products for your needs? Here’s a rundown.

More Satellites

We talked about Iridium’s global coverage in part one, but we wanted to dig into a closely-related area more deeply: Global reliability. Because Iridium has more satellites orbiting the earth at a low level than any other provider — 66, to be precise — they boast a network that is incredibly reliable, with fewer dropped calls and missed messages.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can count on Iridium to keep you connected.

Device Availability and Compatibility

In addition, Iridium’s network is one that’s available and compatible with a variety of devices. Whether you’re looking for a rugged handset designed for the great outdoors or a more traditional phone to use in your office, Iridium has you covered. Plus, with their range of satellite internet options, you can connect to the web no matter where you are in the world.

In fact, one major benefit of Iridium products: With a simple connectivity device, such as the Bivy Stick or a few others, you can actually connect your smartphone into the Iridium network for use. This allows you to use many of the same smartphone programs, such as calls, texting and even GPS coordinates, that you’re used to, but without any of the usual cellular coverage problems.

This versatility and compatibility is something that has set Iridium apart for many years, and as technology advances, they continue to stay ahead of the curve.

Value-Added Services

In addition to their top-notch network and device availability, Iridium also offers a range of value-added services that can make your satellite experience even better. From fleet management to M2M connectivity, Iridium has a solution for almost any need.

Plus, their customer service is top notch, ensuring that you’re always taken care of even if there’s an issue with your equipment. They only partner with quality providers like our team, ensuring that you’re always in good hands.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact the team at International Satellite Services today to discuss how we and Iridium can best meet your needs and provide you with the most reliable satellite coverage possible.

Value of Iridium Satellite Equipment: Coverage and Durability

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If you’re spending time in off-grid, remote areas where traditional forms of communication aren’t always viable, satellite communication might be your best bet — and naturally, you want to be working with reliable equipment and networks here. There are a few industry leaders in this realm, and one that many who have needs in this area should be aware of is a company called Iridium.

At International Satellite Services, we’re immensely proud to provide equipment and services from several industry leaders in the satellite phone, radio and internet space, including Iridium and their fantastic products. Why is this company one of the most recognizable in the satellite communications world, and what are some of its top qualities? This two-part blog series will go over several elements.

Global Coverage

Coverage anywhere is a huge factor for many who are in need of satellite phones and related products, and Iridium is the only company that’s managed to offer truly legitimate global satellite voice and data coverage. This means that whether you’re making your way through the backcountry, or crossing oceans to get there, Iridium is constantly working to provide an infrastructure of satellite phones and plans on which you can rely for instant communication.

This is due to Iridium’s vast network of satellites, which numbers over 60 that are constantly orbiting. As long as you have a view of the sky, or even an antenna that allows you to latch onto a passing satellite, your Iridium phone is constantly picking up and transmitting data. This makes it very easy for anyone who’s using this brand’s products to get the connectivity they need in many remote areas where traditional communication methods fall short.

Durable Equipment

In addition to quality coverage, those using satellite communications need durable equipment that can handle some wear and tear. With this in mind, Iridium has been known to manufacture industry-leading devices that are extremely ruggedized and weatherproofed. This means you don’t have to worry about the elements giving you constant down time, as these phones will take a beating and keep on working.

These products are not only resistant to water, but also to dust, dirt and other debris, ensuring that they continue to provide the kind of connectivity you need out in the field. Iridium has even gone so far as to support Iridium GO! service options, which allow you to use their phones inside vehicles with ease, making them even more applicable for those who work or live on the road, or just want to take their satellite phone with them on the go.

For more on why Iridium is an industry leader in satellite communications who we’re proud to work with, or for information on any of our satellite networks or devices, speak to the team at International Satellite Services today.