Compare Skycasters Satellite Internet Oil, Gas & Mining Service Plans

Businesses that operate in the oil, gas and mining industry need a communication plan with unmatched reliability. They need a powerful network with the ability to support a wide range of applications for oilfield communications, from VoIP and satellite Internet VPN to streaming data and video. They need broadband satellite Internet from Skycasters included in their communication plan.

Satellite Internet access is often an essential part of oilfield communications and can be included in a drilling plan. Our Gold Service Plans offer maximum satellite Internet throughput with maximum value. Notice that all of our shared service plans contain a. You see, while most companies make empty promises about transmission speeds, Skycasters makes guarantees with our oil, gas, and mining service plans.

Skycasters Silver Service Plans offers Internet service prices at a flat rate for these unlimited plans. There are no overages, FAP or throttling associated with these plans. Unlike our Gold and Platinum shared service offerings, these service plans do not have a CIR associated with them, but are instead offered with a fixed contention ratio of 20:1.

National, state, and local Government customers can now receive GSA Schedule discounts on all plans. Have someone contact me here to learn more about Skycasters GSA schedule Internet service prices.

See below for oil, gas, and mining service plans and Internet service prices.

iDirect® Platinum: Unsurpassed speed and performance. Unlike companies that make empty promises about transmission speeds, we offer Guaranteed Speeds*.

Platinum Service Plans
Service Plan Monthly Price $149.00 $249.00 $499.00 $999.00 $1999.00
Maximum Speeds (down/up) 16.0M / 2.0M 16.0M / 2.0M 16.0M / 2.0M 20.0M / 5.0M 20.0M / 5.0M
Guaranteed Speeds (down/up) 1.0M / 512k 1.0M / 512k 1.5M / 768k 2.0M / 1.25M 2.5M / 1.5M
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included Included
Data Allowance4 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Overage/MB6 $0.10/MB $0.10/MB $0.10/MB $0.10/MB $0.10/MB

* – Download Guaranteed speeds require a receive signal strength above 6.0db (Modulation of QPSK 4/5).

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iDirect® Gold: Maximum throughput with maximum value. Guaranteed Speeds*.

Gold Service Plans
Service Plan Monthly Price $99.00 $149.00 $249.00 $499.00 $999.00
Maximum Speeds (down/up) 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M
Guaranteed Speeds (down/up) 384k / 128k 384k / 128k 384k / 128k 512k / 256k 512k / 256k
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included Included
Data Allowance4 2GB 3GB 5GB 10GB 20GB
Overage/MB6 $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB

* – Download Guaranteed speeds require a receive signal strength above 6.0db (Modulation of QPSK 4/5).

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iDirect® Gold with Skycasters Nights and Weekends Option: Guaranteed Speeds* with even better value. Take advantage of reduced rates for night and weekend usage by scheduling software updates and large file transfers.

Gold Service Plans with our Nights and Weekends Option
Service Plan Monthly Price $99.00 $149.00 $249.00 $499.00 $999.00
Maximum Speeds (down/up) 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M 10.0M / 2.0M
Guaranteed Speeds (down/up) 384k / 128k 384k / 128k 384k / 128k 512k / 256k 512k / 256k
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included Included
Total Data Allowance4 3GB 4.5GB 7.5GB 15GB 30GB
Daytime Data5 1GB 1.5GB 2.5GB 5GB 10GB
Nights and Weekends Data** 2GB 3GB 5GB 10GB 20GB
Overage/MB6 $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB $0.07/MB

* – Download Guaranteed speeds require a receive signal strength above 6.0db (Modulation of QPSK 4/5).

** – Nights & Weekend are times outside Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern.

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iDirect® Unlimited: Unlimited plans, fixed rate. Fixed contention ratio of 20:1, 10:0, or 5:1.

Unlimited Service Plans – Flat Rate Contended Service
Service Plan Monthly Price $359.00 $675.00 $1,295.00 $1,725.00 $3,450.00
MaxIR (down/up) 768k/512k 1.5M/768k 3.0M/1.5M 4.0M/2.0M 4.0M/2.0M
Contention Ratio 20:1 20:1 20:1 20:1 10:1
GB Equivalent 21 37.2 73.9 98.6 197.2
Minimum Equipment (Dish/BUC) 1.2m/3w 1.2m/3w 1.2m/3w 1.2m/3w 1.2m/3w
Recommended Modem iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3

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iDirect® Low Bandwidth Plans: Value plan for low throughput for loT & SCADA.

Low Bandwidth Plans – SCADA, Point of Sale, ATM
Service Plan Monthly Price $59.00 $79.00
MaxIR (down/up) 64k/64k 128k/128k
Throughput Allowance4 1.5GB 3GB
Throughput Breakdown Peak/Offpeak** 500MB/1GB 1GB/2GB
Overage/MB6 $0.10/meg $0.10/meg

** – Nights & Weekend are times outside Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern.

Note: These plans require the use of our Managed Services product, which prevents unsolicited Internet traffic (such as bots and port scanners) from using up your throughput. The cost of managed services is $20 per month for the first site, and $1 per month for each additional site.

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iDirect® Disaster Response Plans: Service Plans tailored to requirements for emergency teams.

Disaster Response Service Plans – Standard
Test & Training Occasional Use Frequent Use ^High Use / Multi-Site Shared Throughput
MaxIR (down/up) 5.0M/768k 5.0M/768k 5.0M/768k 5.0M/768k 5.0M/768k
CIR (down/up) 1.5M/512k 1.5M/512k 1.5M/512k 1.5M/512k 1.5M/512k
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included Included
Monthly Recurring Fee $179 $249 $599 $4,950 +
$50/remote
$8,900 +
$50/remote
Included Throughput 500MB 3GB 10GB 100GB 200GB
Overage/MB6 $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB
Contract Term 24 month 24 month 24 month 24 month 24 month
Recommended Modem iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3

^ – High Use / Multi-Site Shared Throughput plans subject to resource availability.

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Disaster Response Service Plans – High Speed
Test & Training Occasional Use Frequent Use ^High Use / Multi-Site Shared Throughput
MaxIR (down/up) 10.0M/2.0M 10.0M/2.0M 10.0M/2.0M 10.0M/2.0M 10.0M/2.0M
CIR (down/up) 2.0M/1.0M 2.0M/1.0M 2.0M/1.0M 2.0M/1.0M 2.0M/1.0M
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included Included
Monthly Recurring Fee $199 $349 $799 $6,600 +
$50/remote
$11,900 +
$50/remote
Included Throughput 500MB 3GB 10GB 100GB 200GB
Overage/MB6 $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB $0.15/MB
Contract Term 24 month 24 month 24 month 24 month 24 month
Recommended Modem iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3

^ – High Use / Multi-Site Shared Throughput plans subject to resource availability.

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Daily Flat Rate Disaster Response Service Plans — GSA Only

These disaster recovery service plans provide for unlimited usage. Verification of use may be required. These provide for unlimited backup disaster recovery plan usage.

Daily Flat Rate Service Plans
Daily Flat Rate 10:1 Standard 10:1 High Speed
MaxIR (down/up) 1.5M/768k 4.0M/2.0M
CIR (down/up) 150k/76k 400k/200k
Monthly Recurring Fee $75 $75
Daily Use Rate7 $75 $150
Contract Term 24 month 24 month

7 – Charged for any day with greater than 10 megabytes throughput. When testing, please limit usage to under 10 megabytes throughput to avoid the Daily Use Rate.

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iDirect® Business Continuity Plans: Backup service plans for primary service interruptions or infrastructure failures.

Business Continuity Service Plans
Service Plans Basic Package Standard Package Premium Package Enterprise Package
MaxIR (down/up) 5.0M/768k 10.0M/2.0M 16.0M/2.0M 20.0M/2.0M
CIR (down/up) 512k/256k 1.5M/768k 2.0M/1.25M 2.5M/1.5M
Static IP Address Included Included Included Included
Monthly Recurring Fee $59 $79 $89 $99
A la carte Usage Charge $0.20/MB $0.20/MB $0.20/MB $0.20/MB
Keep-alive Traffic Allowance (included) 100MB/month 100MB/month 100MB/month 100MB/month
Minimum Equipment 1.2m / 3w 1.2m / 3w 1.2m / 6w 1.8m / 6w
Contract Term 24 month 24 month 24 month 24 month
Recommended Modem iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X3 iDirect X1/X7 iDirect X7

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Compare Satellite Equipment

VSAT Base Equipment Bundle
iDirect IDU VSAT X1/
Like New VSAT X3
VSAT X1/
Like New VSAT X3
VSAT X1/
Like New VSAT X3
VSAT X1/
Like New VSAT X3
Dish Size 1.2 meter 1.2 meter 1.8 meter 1.8 meter
BUC Size 3 watt 6 watt 3 watt 6 watt
Equipment Price $999 + frt $1,549 + frt $1,359 + frt $1,909 + frt
Standard Installation on Non-Pen Mount $550 $550 $750 $750
Standard Installation on Pole Mount $800 $800 $800 $800
Term 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3

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VSAT X5 Equipment
iDirect IDU VSAT X5 VSAT X5 VSAT X5 VSAT X5
Dish Size 1.2 meter 1.2 meter 1.8 meter 1.8 meter
BUC Size 3 watt 6 watt 3 watt 6 watt
Equipment Price $1,824 + frt $2,374 + frt $2,184 + frt $2,734 + frt
Standard Installation on Non-Pen Mount $550 $550 $750 $750
Standard Installation on Pole Mount $800 $800 $800 $800
Term 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3

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VSAT X7 Equipment
iDirect IDU VSAT X7 VSAT X7 VSAT X7 VSAT X7
Dish Size 1.2 meter 1.2 meter 1.8 meter 1.8 meter
BUC Size 3 watt 6 watt 3 watt 6 watt
Equipment Price $3,174 + frt $3,724 + frt $3,534 + frt $4,084 + frt
Standard Installation on Non-Pen Mount $550 $550 $750 $750
Standard Installation on Pole Mount $800 $800 $800 $800
Term 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3 2 year3

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Skycasters can tailor any oil, gas, and mining service plan to meet the unique needs of your operation. Contact us toll free at 800-268-8653 to speak with a Skycasters expert. Or click here to take an online analysis of your needs and you’ll be on your way to a customized satellite Internet solution for your oilfield communications or drilling plan.

* – CIR guaranteed with signal receive strength above 6.0db (Modulation of QPSK 4/5)

* – Download Guaranteed speeds require a receive signal strength above 6.0db (Modulation of QPSK 4/5).

** – Nights & Weekend are times outside Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern..

3Equipment price shown above reflects $1,000 discount for signing a two-year Platinum or Gold service agreement. Early termination fees apply.

4 – Be aware that the network requires 65MB per month to manage and monitor remote sites.

5 – Peak-Time is defined as weekdays, from 7:00AM Eastern to 7:00PM Eastern.

6 – The customer is responsible for any overages incurred as a result of viral infection or unsolicited traffic from the public internet.

7 – Charged for any day with greater than 10 megabytes throughput. When testing, please limit usage to under 10 megabytes throughput to avoid the Daily Use Rate.


Throttled Throughput (Fair Access Policy – FAP) | Service Plan Upgrades


MaxIR – Maximum Information Rate, the maximum speed at which data can be received or transmitted.
CIR – Committed Information Rate, the speed at which we guarantee data can be received or transmitted. We guarantee you will receive 110% of your CIR at least 90% of the time, if not more.
Throughput Allowance – This is the total amount of data that can be transferred up and/or down in a given billing cycle (30 days). Please make sure to review our Fair Access Policy (FAP). There are two options for you to choose from regarding your Data Allowance:
Option 1 – If you may need additional throughput some months you may purchase an “unlimited” plan. With this option, you will be billed according to your service plan for any throughput in excess of the plan allowance.
Option 2 – If you prefer flat rate billing, you may choose a “limited” plan. If you exceed your plan’s throughput allowance, your connection speeds may be slowed down until your usage is back in profile with the plan.
Note – Both Platinum & Gold can be configured as Option 1 or Option 2
Note – Platinum Service Plans will be optimized for VoIP (1 slot every frame while idle)
Note – Gold Service Plans will receive 1 slot every 4th frame while idle.
IP Addressing – All plans include 1 publicly routable static IP address. Blocks of 5 or 13 are available. Block of 5 is $30.00. Block of 13 is $60.00. Up to 256 are available if needed at an additional charge. If you need more than 5 IP addresses, your request must be justified in writing to meet ARIN requirements.

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