The topic of satellite broadband has come to the fore in the recent weeks with China announcing the launch of its Hongyun fleet, which is expected to start pilot service next year. The creation of the fleet aims to serve China’s domestic market – helping to provide a service to the 541 million people in the Chinese population still without internet access. The implementation of satellite broadband will meet the needs of those in underdeveloped parts of China and indeed, the rest of the world.
The past 20 years of development in this field, has given rise to the possibility of efficient connectivity and extensive reach beyond the scope of conventional broadband services. What was once considered a far-fetched possibility is now turning into a modern-day reality.
Implementing satellite broadband services is essentially about crossing the divide and bringing a sense of equality to the global community.
Connection & Coverage
Satellite broadband provides great speed and better service for people across the world, focusing more intently on those who live in developing countries. The service aims to enhance speed and better communication with a lower latency network connection. Health services and many other social works will benefit greatly from the marked improvements in connectivity and coverage.
Today, there is a prevailing difficulty in deploying broadband access in rural areas – meaning students (in such areas) run the risk of falling behind, as a large portion of their curriculum and research relies upon a reliable broadband connection. The service not only enhances connectivity but empowers people in remote parts of the world, giving them more access to global information and education.
Supporting social and economic development is an integral part of technological advancement. In this context, satellite broadband services can help certain places (in Africa for example), where there are limited terrestrial internet services available – helping to enhance quality of life and access to communication. Instant installation and deployment with a private link can be set up between geographical points, connecting many rural locations.
Satellite Broadband – Location Independent
The service provides a wider form of coverage that is not disrupted by the conditions of a place; some companies that work out of very remote locations, have trouble setting up a sturdy communications system due to uneven terrain. Satellite broadband is the more efficient alternative in such circumstances.
Broadband satellite services would cut through the problem of having to build costly infrastructure in places where consumer levels are scarce or lower than more densely populated areas.
A complete satellite network can work independently of terrestrial infrastructure and maintain connectivity as long as the equipment is powered.
In light of recent developments, we can expect to see more nations stepping-up their domestic plans for satellite broadband implementation.