Satellite Internet services – Robust enough for a business solution?

Today, yes. Advancements in Satellite Internet Services are Impressive.

Satellite technology touches the vast majority of how we consume content today. Think: Streaming 3D and HDTV, Satellite Internet, and mass content delivery to smart phones. Satellite Internet is critical, and often the only solution, for keeping remote business locations and employees connected. Adding to the mission critical uses of satellite internet services, the technology is widely utilized in military operations where troops are deployed in highly remote on and off-shore locations.

Satellite providers and technology vendors are rapidly advancing new generations of satellite Internet technologies. Solutions to latency issues and rain fade (slowing of the Internet in bad weather) are taking remote business connectivity to the next level.  Today, businesses using satellite Internet can experience connectivity that is closer to a DSL or cable connection.  Applications like VoIP, video streaming, and web surfing are now possible with these technology improvements.


So, Satellite Internet travels 90,000 miles each away?  Just how fast can it get?

Providers, like Hughsnet and ViaSat, are offering speeds of up to 15 Mbps down and up to 3 Mbps upstream.  These are huge speed upgrades that were only 1.5 Mbps down or a very low 256 Kbps upload just a short time ago.  Businesses like Dish, JetBlue, and Continental Airlines will utilize these new, fast Satellite Internet services to deliver far more robust connection to consumers.  Compare the Internet connection you are using now to see how close Satellite is getting to standard broadband speeds!

Pricing and Installation

The good news is that prices have come way down for satellite.  Compare plans and pricing using the “Get More Speed” tool or research “Business Satellite Providers” to compare plans.   Installation is fairly straightforward but can be time consuming.  Work with your Satellite Internet provider to determine the coordinates of where you plan to place your satellite dish.  Your provider will then evaluate the satellite’s orbital path to finalize the best location for your satellite equipment.

Upside of Satellite Internet services:

  • Satellite is available virtually everywhere.
  • Technology advancements offer higher speeds at lowers costs.
  • Broadband services traditionally have low up-front costs for equipment and installation.
  • Business-grade service provides speed and reliability. Upgrade speeds without changing equipment.
  • Add users and locations with ease.
  • Improvements in satellite offer stability in inclement weather.

Downside of Satellite Internet services:

  • Satellite is slower than cable and DSL.
  • Obstacles like trees, mountains and severe storms can interrupt a satellite signal.
  • Satellite Internet service providers limit the amount of bandwidth per customer.
  • Plans typically include metered usage based on GB used and time of day.
  • Business connectivity can be interrupted in very severe weather.

Top Markets using Satellite Internet Services Today:

  • Telecommuters
  • Airlines
  • Maritime
  • Retail, Financial, Telemedicine and Education
  • Military
  • Disaster Recovery and Homeland Security
  • Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Remote Monitoring or SCADA

The Future of Satellite Internet Services:

Satellite Internet and satellite technologies will continue to receive priority and funding from both global governments and the private sector.  In the coming year, we anticipate smaller equipment sizes, higher bandwidth speeds and a further reduction in costs as Satellite Internet technology becomes more efficient.