An Introduction to Satellite Broadband

Posted on Friday 1st June 2012 1:42

When you live and work in a metropolitan area it’s easy to feel blasé about bandwidth. Extensive fibre optic networks and the availability of 3G mobile signals have promoted an always-on lifestyle where people are never separated from their emails and think nothing of consuming most of their entertainment – music, films, TV etc – via the internet.

The story for those people who live in remote locations is, however, very different. BT may be proudly boasting that its new fibre optic network will deliver superfast broadband to two thirds of homes and businesses in the UK by 2014, but its work remains concentrated around densely populated areas in towns and cities. Extending broadband to rural areas – especially in thinly populated parts of Wales and Scotland – is uneconomic for the big telcos, so it’s increasingly falling to a small band of satellite broadband providers to plug this gap.

BeyonDSL, which retains Influential Software as its primary IT supplier, is just such a satellite broadband provider. It delivers affordable satellite broadband services to customers primarily in rural areas: not an easy task given that satellite broadband is a sector where charges can be difficult to calculate and the connections difficult to implement technically. So we were delighted to see BeyonDSL getting an excellent write-up from The Guardian’s technology columnist Jack Schofield this week.

Jack’s article is a great introduction to the unexpectedly complex world of satellite broadband, providing one of the most succinct overviews we’ve read of the challenges companies like BeyonDSL face in getting a connection to work.