TelAlaska is excited to announce the completion of one of the biggest projects in our company’s 52 year history. In 2019, TelAlaska broke ground on a satellite communications center that connects rural communities all over the state of Alaska, where terrestrial facilities do not exist, for their internet and communications needs. A satellite communications center, frequently referred to as a telecommunications port or teleport, is the ground-based system that enables communications over one or more satellites.

The TelAlaska Teleport is located near Exit Glacier; it was commissioned in November and is now fully operational. TelAlaska’s goal for the Teleport is to meet the broadband and communications needs of rural Alaska, as well as those of other Alaska providers. Additionally, the Teleport will support telehealth and educational needs in rural Alaska and improve services by reducing latency, increasing capacity and lowering costs. We are very proud of this project and look forward to providing improved services for our fellow Alaskans in remote parts of the state.

TelAlaska Teleport services of dish

Satellite Transport Services from the TelAlaska Teleport

TelAlaska Networks has been providing Satellite Transport Services within Alaska for over 12 years. With a wealth of experience navigating the challenges of providing stable, reliable connectivity to the most remote parts of our state, TelAlaska Networks can help you establish connectivity to your business with a variety of services.

We offer private wide area network (WAN)/MPLS, cellular backhaul, voice and internet transport services across the state.

With redundant fiber connectivity, our newly constructed earth station hub in Seward, Alaska provides a fault tolerant design to land your traffic to terrestrial services.

TelAlaska Networks offers C-Band Satellite Transport Services across Telesat’s Anik F3 Satellite (footprint below, courtesy of Telesat), encompassing all of Alaska.

Why C-Band and not KU-Band?

TelAlaska chose C-Band frequencies for our distribution network due to its ability to sustain operable service through significant weather events, as it is less susceptible to rain fade margins than a KU-Band signal.

Why C-Band is important and what is rain fade?

C-Band operates in frequencies of 4-8 GHz. KU-Band operates in frequencies between 12 to 18 GHz. Rain fade is the absorption of a microwave radio frequency (RF) signal by rain, snow, or ice, and losses are especially prevalent at frequencies above 11 GHz. This is key to maintaining stable service in Alaska, especially in the northern part of the state, where the look angle to geostationary satellites at the equator must travel through significantly larger layers of the atmosphere.

“The system we have in place was designed by TelAlaska and is performing with a high availability we never experienced purchasing satellite bandwidth from our previous provider. I can confidently say the TelAlaska team stands behind their product and is committed to ensuring their customers receive the highest quality of performance and service.” 

-Brian DeMarco, Chief Operating Officer, Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative

TelAlaska’s satellite engineers can help design a communication solution for you, ensuring a reliable, stable, and robust connection via the TelAlaska Teleport.