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Is Satellite Internet a Good Option?

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Is Satellite Internet a Good Option?

The satellite internet platform has to disrupt the telecom sector by stepping into the telecommunications sector.

FREMONT, CA: A couple of days ago, Australia's telecommunications regulator provided initial approval to the country's Starlink satellite network. Discussions with other countries are on to connect to Starlink's broadband services. Several people must be wondering what satellite internet is and how it functions. Here is an outline of how it is similar in several ways to traditional internet providers but has some differences.

It's a type of connection that leverages a satellite to get an internet signal from the internet service provider (ISP). It works by harnessing radio waves to communicate with satellites orbiting the Earth. It relies on a five-part system to relay data— internet-ready device, modem or router, satellite dish, satellite in space, and a ground station known as network operations center (NOC). The process needs three satellite dishes — one at the ISP center, one in space, and the third one attached to the home. From users' devices, data travels through the modem and dish, out to the satellite in space, and then back to Earth to NOCs. The data, then, is relayed back and travels in the reverse order through the same network till it reaches the device.

The speeds range from 12 to 100 Mbps, which is enough for common online activities like emailing, browsing, and online schooling. Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites can provide download speeds of 50to 150 Mbps, which could go up to gigabits. However, an essential point is that satellite internet is subject to high latency, so speeds are not always what they seem. Satellite internet is a connection, while Wi-Fi is a wireless network. Users can set up a Wi-Fi network at home with a satellite internet connection, which will enable users to browse on a laptop, phone, tablet, or any other device connected to the internet.