6 thoughts on “The Nth Coming of Satellite Broadband”

  1. If people believe that there is a market for this stuff, it kinda suggests that the universal service fund isn’t exactly doing its job of providing people in rural areas with the universal services they desire. (Oh, and shouldn’t we start to refer to it as Universal Connecitivity, just to annoy telco lobbyists?)

  2. I have a friend who had satellite internet service for a while before they could get DSL. It was terrible. One thing that is not in these figures is the latency — which is really bad. In addition, things like rain and clouds would mess with the service. Don’t plan on hooking up your Xbox 360 to one of these services.

  3. I see Satellite Broadband and technologies like EDGE/EVDO to be competing technologies where wireless broadband would win over satellite. As wireless networks expand and technologies like WiMax mature, this would naturally happen. People are looking for a single platform access for data and voice needs (convergence), I dont see Satellite Broadband as that medium

  4. I am not sure what progress has been made in these technologies, but from what I know, the first generation and even the second generation stuff was bit mediocre. and as a result i feel that this is forcing a solution, on something which clearly is a big problem

  5. Long before Telesat started their Canada-only service, a company called Novanet Communications Limited (disclosure: I’m a former employee) rolled out NovaConnect, a Canada-wide satellite-based broadband service. It operated on a Telesat satellite, but long before Telesat offered anything similar. Unlike this comment, Novanet was early to the party here in Canada : )

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