Case Study: Eu­tel­sat

Con­nect­ing engi­neers in re­motest Scot­land

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Eu­tel­sat’s broad­band satel­lite busi­ness ser­vice is help­ing work­ers from Ross- Shire En­gi­neer­ing stay in touch while con­struct­ing wa­ter treat­ment plants for Scot­tish Wa­ter So­lu­tions II in some of the re­gion’s re­motest ar­eas. The engi­neers use the ser­vice for email and ac­cess­ing sys­tems at head of­fice as well as for VoIP on­site.

In­stalled at five sites so far, in­clud­ing the Shet­land Isles and on re­mote ar­eas of the west coast, by Scot­tish re­seller In­ter­net Any­where, Eu­tel­sat pro­vides an al­ways - on satel­lite ser­vice de­liv­er­ing speeds of up to 20Mbps down­stream and 6Mbps up­stream with no need for a tele­phone line. The equip­ment com­prises of a small satel­lite dish and a mo­dem or WiFi router, which con­nects to the com­puter. The com­pany first turned to Eu­tel­sat when it found that its engi­neers were strug­gling to get a mo­bile 3G sig­nal for tele­phone calls or data in and out of some of the re­motest Scot­tish Wa­ter So­lu­tion II con­struc­tion sites. “In­ter­net Any­where rec­om­mended the so­lu­tion and in­stalled the sys­tem for us and it just worked with­out any has­sle,” said Ge­orge Phimis­ter, pro­ject man­ager at Ross- Shire En­gi­neer­ing. “Now we are us­ing it at sev­eral sites, even the less re­mote ones, be­cause the ser­vice is so fast to in­stall. Us­ing tra­di­tional broad­band providers, we had to wait days or even weeks for an in­ter­net con­nec­tion. To­day we just make a call, the in­staller ar­rives and within an hour or so we are up and run­ning.”

Ross- shire En­gi­neer­ing has an aver­age of 10 work­ers on­site at any one time, build­ing drink­ing wa­ter treat­ment plants for Scot­tish Wa­ter. The team is able to con­nect to the Eu­tel­sat sys­tem via the wire­less router and then ac­cess the of­fice sys­tems via VPN or make VoIP calls. The ser­vice uses Eu­tel­sat’s Ka sat high through­put satel­lite. John Fitzger­ald, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of In­ter­net Any­where, said: “The Eu­tel­sat ser­vice is ideal for work­ers and home­own­ers in re­mote ar­eas that can­not get ac­cess to broad­band by tra­di­tional meth­ods. We are see­ing a widerange of de­mand for the ser­vice in Scot­land from the NHS, emer­gency ser­vices and en­gi­neer­ing firms through to con­sumers liv­ing in the isles and re­mote ar­eas of the coun­try.”

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