Satellite PTT for Off-Roading: Cell Drawbacks

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the major benefits of satellite push-to-talk (PTT) technology for off-road racing. Many professional off-road teams utilize PTT solutions for all their communication needs, as they offer several robust benefits here compared with traditional cell networks and other forms of communication. 

At International Satellite Services, we offer both the MSAT-G2 and the MSATe PTT products, two of the very best satellite PTT solutions on the market today. Today’s part two of our series will look at some of the significant drawbacks of traditional cell networks for off-roading vehicles and teams, plus go over why PTT options tend to be far superior in many of these areas. 

Service Dead Zones

Naturally, the single largest issue with traditional cellular network communication in off-road racing is the lack of service available in so many areas. Whether your team is out on a racecourse that’s far from civilization or just training in rural areas with poor cell coverage, there are plenty of times where you won’t be able to get reliable service at all – and if you’re depending on this for basic communication, that could be a major problem.

With satellite PTT, on the other hand, you can completely bypass any dead zones or cellular gaps. Because they rely on satellites rather than terrestrial cell networks, there are no service limitations – as long as you have a clear view of the sky, your satellite radio will be able to receive and transmit signals.

Network Congestion

Another major issue with traditional cell networks during high-demand times is network congestion. This occurs when a significant number of users are attempting to access the same network at once, making it difficult or even impossible for anyone to connect. During major events like off-road races, this can be a common occurrence – and it’s not something any team wants to deal with.

With satellite PTT systems, however, there is no such thing as network congestion. Satellite networks are built to handle massive amounts of data and traffic at any given time, meaning you can use your PTT system with confidence even during major events.

Poor Group Communication

For teams that need to communicate with one another in groups, traditional cell networks can be a huge hassle. Not only are you often dealing with spotty service and dropped calls, it can also be difficult to coordinate conversations between several team members at once. With satellite PTT radio systems, on the other hand, group communication is incredibly simple – all you have to do is push a button and you can talk to everyone in your group at once.

As you can see, traditional cell networks come with a host of issues that just don’t exist with satellite PTT technology. By switching to a reliable, robust PTT solution like the MSAT-G2 or MSATe, you’ll be able to overcome all of these issues and ensure seamless communication at all times during your off-road adventures.

At International Satellite Services, we’re proud to offer top-quality satellite PTT solutions for all your off-road racing needs. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how they can benefit your team!

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