Galtronics, a subsidiary of Ontario-based Baylin Technologies, has been raking in orders for its multibeam satcom antennas, particularly for sports arenas and major urban areas. The antenna manufacturer last month announced purchase orders for its technologies from the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack in Montreal and several U.S. stadiums and ballparks.
“I don’t think [the interest from entertainment venues in connectivity upgrades] is a new demand. I think it’s been there for quite some time,” Whit Martin, vice president of wireless infrastructure at Galtronics, tells Connectivity Business News in the latest episode of “The Dish” podcast. Martin says new communications technologies that can be deployed today are enabling more industries to make the upgrades they’ve wanted for a while.
Galtronics has been boosting small radio antenna production, which Martin and Baylin Chief Executive Leighton Carroll tell CBN are popular in metropolitan urban areas where a focus on aesthetics makes their small size practical.
“There’s a lot of flexibility in the design,” says Martin. “Right now, we’re selling 48-inch and 60-inch antennas, so we’re packing a lot of technology within a very small platform.”
Adds Carroll: “Sometimes the antenna isn’t just about the performance. It’s about the use case and how you saw a customer problem.”
Galtronics is focused on scaling its business, especially in Europe, Martin tells CBN.
The company is already working with three undisclosed European operators and is in discussion with several other operators in Europe and Latin America, he says.
“We see this as an area for us to expand in and develop relationships,” Carroll says. “We’re committed to it, and we’re going to build around it.”
Listen as Carroll and Martin discuss Galtronics’ antenna sales, expansion plans and the importance of flexibility in antenna technology to meet diverse use cases.