Welcome To Satellite Broadband

For many people satellite broadband is a must-have factor, as it is sometimes the only way of getting broadband access in some areas. Satellite broadband works by beaming the signal from a satellite in space – much as digital satellite TV is presented – and is available anywhere in the UK. For people who are not close enough to a telephone exchange or those who live near one that is not ADSL enabled satellite broadband is a way of making sure they have access to the internet.

Tooway offer Satellite Broadband speeds of up to 10.2 Mbps, with prices starting from £24.99pm

What do I need to install satellite broadband ?

Think of satellite broadband as being the internet version of satellite television and it is clear that the first thing you need is a satellite dish, a familiar item in many a home these days. You will need to make sure you have 2-way satellite broadband in order that you can receive as well as transmit data. The system offers very wide coverage, and for homes in remote places it is very useful indeed.

Satellite broadband is also very useful for stand-alone events, and there are portable systems available that can provide broadband access anywhere. The lack of a need for a telephone line, and no other links than the dish and its connections, means this really is a very versatile system.

Can I use a TV dish for satellite broadband ?

There are differences between TV and broadband satellite dishes, the main one being that a TV dish is designed only to receive. To use satellite broadband efficiently you need also to be able to transmit – to send data via the satellite across your broadband connection.

Some people will require a larger than normal dish, depending on their relative position in what is known as the 'satellite footprint' – the area the satellite covers – with the smallest dishes required nearer to the centre of the footprint area.

Do I need a special licence for satellite broadband ?

Anyone who operates a two way antenna – one that can broadcast as well as receive – requires a licence, and it is generally the case that the provider from whom you purchase your system will help with the application process. It should be a formality.

You may need to have your satellite broadband system installed by professionals, as the key to efficient use is in being able to target the satellite correctly. This requires expert positioning, and unless you are experienced you will not be able to do so correctly. There are self installation kits available for those with experience.

How fast is satellite broadband ?

This depends on your location and the satellite itself. While until recently it was accepted that satellite broadband was not as fast as ADSL the gap has narrowed rapidly. The latest satellites, launched early in 2011, have the latest technology and are far more advanced than before. Speeds of up to 10mb are promised by the major providers now that the new satellites are in operation.

As with all such technology improvements will come in time, but the fact remains that those who use satellite broadband do so because they have no connection to an ADSL line and, as such, comparisons are not too relevant.

Is satellite broadband reliable ?

There is no doubt at all that satellite broadband is reliable, although there is a risk of disruption during extreme weather conditions. This is due to the fact that the link is not terrestrial. It must be said, however, that the latest satellites are designed to transmit at frequencies that give them even more reliability than before.

How much will satellite broadband cost ?

You will need to pay for installation and this can come to several hundred pounds. This covers the equipment required, all the wiring and the professional installation. You will also need to pay a connection fee, and then the monthly subscription.

Latterly you can find monthly deals of anywhere between £20 and £40, with some download limits attached. Take note that allowances may be somewhat less than a fixed line connection, but again it is worth pointing out that users may not have the choice.