As I’ve stated on numerous occasions the technology behind satellite broadband has vastly brought it into the future for offering a high-speed service, especially to rural homes and businesses. I’ve claimed that this is being ignored.
When it comes to rural telecoms a large proportion of the lime light is being shared between fibre, 4G and Wi-Fi developments. Which are all largely based around two questions, when will the technology be installed? And who’s going to be paying for it?
Largely at this point in time evidence shows that these technologies are behind schedule.
“Ofcom said in August that 14 per cent of UK homes couldn't get access at 2Mb”. This is a quite frustrating statistic when satellite broadband is able to reach 100% of homes in the UK. Especially when you take into consideration that with the modern technology we have nowadays, satellite broadband can have speeds of 10Mbps and quite easily 2Mbps.
Of course packages are an issue for some people who say that satellite broadband is expensive, but when considered that some basic packages start at £20p/m and a good connection speed can be bought for around £30p/m you are looking at similar pricing to the fixed line services. Satellite operators, especially the ones using the Avanti systems have very low contention ratios. I may be biased towards our contention ratios are 25:1 compared to larger ones from most other technologies. This means the speeds you’re paying for you may actually get close to achieving rather than always having around half the speeds which you have paid for, as the internet company has used the magic words ‘up to’.
Europe has adopted and recognises that satellite broadband is a complimentary technology for rural areas and not-spots.
The increase in awareness needs to grow with satellite communications and this can only happen when the governments and councils accept that this technology is viable for the future for rural broadband.
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