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    A very small aperture terminal, is a two-way satellite ground station or a stabilized maritime Vsat antenna with a dish antenna that is smaller than 3 meters. The majority of VSAT antennas range from 75 cm to 1.2 m. Data rates typically range from 56 kbit/s up to 4 Mbit/s. VSATs access satellite in geosynchronous orbit to relay data from small remote earth stations to other terminals or master earth station "hubs". VSATs are most commonly used to transmit narrowband data, or broadband data. VSATs are also used for transportable, on-the-move or mobile maritime communications.

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