Satellite Broadband

Do you struggle to get a good broadband signal at your business location, perhaps because you’re in a remote or rural area? Satellite broadband may offer the ideal solution.

Satellite broadband is deployable pretty much anywhere within the coverage footprint for a given network, assuming the line of sight isn’t obstructed. However, satellite broadband is unlikely to be an alternative if you already have access to Fibre or good ADSL networks.

Call us on 08442 570 111 to speak to one of our expert team about whether satellite broadband is the right solution for your business.

If you’re thinking about satellite broadband for your business, it’s worth considering the following points:

Bandwidth and Costs

Services available vary but generally offer download speeds from 2Mbps up to around 20Mbps. Upload speeds used to be lower (128 / 256 Kbps) but following the launch of new Ka-band satellites, these have increased with options for up to 6Mbps upstream speeds. Costs for satellite broadband vary between around £30 per month to £100+ depending on the amount of data you want to use. The usage allowances, while better than the equivalent mobile broadband package, are still higher than most fixed line broadband solutions, but unlimited products are available.

Latency

One problem often associated with satellite broadband is the high-latency that is encountered, which is caused by the long distances (up to a satellite in geo-stationary orbit) that the broadband signal has to travel. People may be familiar with making phone calls to the other side of the world, and there being a delay of around a second. This high latency also seen on satellite broadband can limit the use of many real-time applications which are often seen as one of the benefits of a broadband connection. First person shooter games are not feasible, but while video conferencing and VoIP will work as long as you allow for the extra lag.

Weather

Satellite broadband is affected by the weather. It requires line of sight between the dish and the satellite orbiting above earth, and anything that gets in the way of this, such as moisture in rain, can cause errors on the link. Although a general rain shower shouldn’t affect things, a large storm could cause disruption to your broadband link.

That being said, if your business struggles to get a good, reliable broadband signal or fast upload or download speeds are not available at your location, then satellite broadband can give your business the connectivity it needs to thrive.

Want to find out more? Call us on 08442 570 111 to speak to one of our expert team about whether satellite broadband is the right solution for your business.