Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A short History of Satellite Broadband

The First satellite went into orbit in the 1950s. Since then when satellites seemed to be more of a statement between Countries ‘look how big my satellite is’ and ‘look what my satellite can do’ (*cough*USA *cough*). They have evolved in very complex communication devices which are used in defence, spy and our favourite of all Internet.

As Russia and the USA competed in the space race the fascination and glory to a nation of launching new satellites grew.

The Birth of satellite Internet

As advances in technology continued to improve, the internet continued to grow and the number of satellites in orbit continued to increase. Scientists started working on transmitting data across wireless communication points. Their efforts paid off when researches successfully linked two European computers to an American network by the way of Satellite communication services. 

Now days satellite internet is not a rarity. Of course those in built up societies would cringe at the thought of not having unlimited downloads and a 2mb/s connection. But many people have no other choice and satellite internet gives them access to the rest of the World.

Of course it is for the rural locations around the World. But it is also for back-up systems where businesses rely on a internet connection. Using a satellite system as a back-up can provide a reliable connection when the primary connection fails.

The Future for satellite Internet

Satellite internet is going to continue to grow in areas which need it the most. The advances in technology have seen pushes to get more people subscribing to the service. Even in the UK more than 1.5million people cannot access the internet and BT have no plans to link them to the network as it would not benefit them financially to do so.

We are also excited about the launch of the Hylas2 Avanti satellite to cover Middle East and North Africa.  This will bring cheaper options to those residents and give a infrastructure which is currently not there. 

To see if there is an area you could get satellite internet in see our coverage maps

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  1. I agree. There's no way but up for satellite broadband. I think if we can improve the technology, minimize latency issues, and eventual bring down the cost, more people would go for satellite broadband, especially those living in remote regions or rural environs.

    1. Thanks for the comment, you are right about latency there is a short delay only because of the travel time to the satellite, I'm sure costs will come down as the technology improves. Those living in rural locations are of course disadvantages by not having much choice. The best we can do is educate people about there options and why satellite systems cost more than ADSL. Thank you for reading.

  2. Hi Sujata,

    We also use Hughes as our equipment supplier, what satellite are you using in the US?

    Thanks for reading and the comment!