Published: 22nd Jun 2016
Broadband has very quickly grown to be an essential product for many consumers in the UK.
The vast majority of today's businesses rely on broadband, while many of our personal and social lives revolve around the internet, whether it be through social media, online groups or emails.
However, not all broadband services are created equal and there are few things more frustrating than being stuck with an unreliable broadband connection with poor speeds.
One of the major advantages of having a satellite broadband connection is that the speeds tend to be faster than land-based DSL cables, dial-up connections or other cable services.
Satellite broadband is connected to a dish network service and in many cases, can be up to 300 times faster than a traditional dial-up or DSL connection.
It is ideal for people wanting to download large files, or keep in touch with family and friends via email or VoIP services.
In fact, when it comes to downloading files, such as apps, movies, or large software updates, on a 22Mbits line, satellite can be as much as 40 times faster than a 500kbit ADSL connection.
Below, we discuss some of the other main advantages of satellite broadband.
One of the major problems with a standard DSL connection is that it is often inaccessible for those living in rural or remote locations.
In fact, some people are unable to receive broadband at all, others are saddled with less than 2Mbps, making a lot of the ways most of us use the internet day-to-day a frustrating experience.
The copper wires that are used to carry standard (ADSL) broadband slow down the internet connection the further they have to travel from the telephone exchange to a property.
In urban areas, this is not such a big issue as the telephone ports are often nearby, but this is not the case in some of the more remote locations.
This has created a situation whereby even some of the more superior DSL connections are easily mistaken for the old dial-up connections.
However, satellite broadband works in a completely different way. One of the major advantages of having this type of connection is that it is possible to receive broadband internet signals from any location on earth, regardless of how far away you are from an internet port.
This makes it especially convenient for those in locations where they have no choice but to rely upon a very slow dial-up modem connection, or where DSL is not available.
Satellite broadband is also known to be highly accessible and reliable. In situations whereby cables are damaged or terrestrial providers of a signal may be disabled or unavailable during natural disasters, satellite broadband allows you to maintain your internet connection.
This reduces or even avoids down-time periods on your website or network system.
It is especially useful from a business perspective, as it means you can stay connected with employees and offices all over the globe.
It is also more practical because the technology is not dependant on existing telephone line infrastructure, or geographical location and so therefore means you will not have to stretch your resources in order to get a decent internet connection.
It can cost thousands of pounds to lay a mile of fibre in a remote location. It may also take several months after that before connectivity becomes available to individual households.
This means that for millions of people, satellite broadband is really the only affordable form of connectivity.
Satellite antennas can be instantly deployed and installed within a matter of a few hours, in some cases. Even when you are on the move, you can often connect and get set up within minutes.
This is particularly convenient if you regularly connect to the internet while you are travelling between locations.
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