Increasing Demand for Winegard VSAT Antenna Systems Leads to Growing List of International Certifications
Winegard VSAT now certified for operation on four continents
BURLINGTON, Iowa – (March 14, 2013) – International VSAT customers looking for rugged, value-priced antenna systems with one-button satellite acquisition are propelling Winegard Company to get its WX980 and WX1200 VSAT systems and controllers certified for use in more foreign countries.
With the latest international certifications in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, Winegard's VSAT equipment has met all electric, electronic and radio frequency standards required on four continents and more than 35 countries.
"Customer demand is driving our growing list of international product certifications, especially for oil and gas exploration customers," said Curt Schmidgall, Winegard's International Product Manager for VSAT. "They like the fact that are systems are very ruggedly constructed and can be set up without a trained technician in extreme and remote locations. That saves them time and money in the long run."
Thousands of Winegard VSAT antenna systems and controllers are operational worldwide, including countries as diverse as Canada and Mexico, as well as India, Ecuador, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Algeria, Malaysia, Congo, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia Brazil, Turkey and Pakistan.
To date, the VSAT units have received certifications from Mexico (Mexico Homologation), Australia and New Zealand (C-TICK), the European Union (CE), the Commonwealth of Independent States comprised of the 12 nations of the former Soviet republics, including Russia (GOST-R), and the Peru MTC (Peru Homologation).
Winegard reseller Data Technology Solutions (DTS) has deployed hundreds of VSAT units. "DTS chose 200 Winegard VSAT systems for a global oil company because the company produces innovative, reliable products that they can customize to meet customer requirements in days instead of months, " said DTS President Mike Guidroz. "When we call them and say we need a specific antenna, it's done in days or weeks versus months for some of their competitors. Speed to deliver is a key factor for our customers and that is where Winegard rose to the top."
Each satellite communication system would need to transmit and receive voice, data and video, as well as provide wireless broadband at the remote locations.
A pioneer in antenna, auto signal acquisition and tracking technology, Winegard has designed more than 1,000 different antenna models with over 60 U.S. patents granted.
About Winegard Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Since its founding in 1954, Winegard's pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle (RV), truck, marine, medical and automotive antennas. The company's 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams. Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential multi-channel TV antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work. To learn more about Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, visit http://www.winegard.com or call 800-288-8094.