DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE
Nobody thought that direct-broadcast satellite technology could be available in Alaska or Hawaii. Microcom proved it could be done, and worked with Congress to overcome the obstacles to the implementing this important multi-channel video programming service.
Commercial television is available throughout Alaska and Hawaii. Typical customers include apartment buildingss, businesses, broadcast television services, condominium and home-owners associations, lodges, work camps, hotels, prisons and training centers. The system shown below was built on the west coast of the island of Hawaii.
Microcom built the teleport of its sister company located at the Alaska Fiberstar facility in Anchorage, Alaska. This 7.2-meter, Ku-Band antenna offers dedicated and on demand satellite communications service to rural Alaska.
Microcom built this 7.2-meter Ku-band system in Valdez, Alaska as a first-of-its-kind satellite communication network. This system also included a 2-mile long fiber-optic inter-facility link. This system was used to support communications during the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up.
Microcom constructed the Ku-Band teleport for Pacific Dataport in 1988. The 8.1-meter Ku-Band antenna was installed atop the 14-story Frontier Building in Anchorage, Alaska. This teleport was later sold to GCI, and after 20 years, is still in use today.
KIMO Ch. 13 Alaska
In 1984, Microcom helped KIMO Channel 13 become the first live television broadcaster in Alaska.