Superhero Iron Man has always had access to knowledge, as every Marvel Universe satellite streams to him via the Internet. Satellite Internet, though, is not the all-round option in the real world.
Unlike many others, satellite Internet isn’t a new whole. It’s basically a different way of linking to established networks. Instead of linking copper wires and fiber optic cables, as we do at present, satellite internet involves using space satellites to stream the internet to a region through satellite dishes. You’re just about on the right track if it reminds you of the satellite TV plate on your roof. However, the difference is that only data is accessible to satellite tv, but both upstream and downstream satellite Internet service is available.
Satellite Broadband, if anything, is a downgrade for those on fibre optic links. Although the satellite has advantages it has disadvantages in bandwidth and is seriously impaired by weather aberrations and in many situations often can be costly. Experts, for example, claim that most corporations’ satellite internet now have around 1-2 mbps, which, while broadband, is a far cry from the modern Internet links which we take for granted in terms of India’s Broadband Policy. The Internet also has low latency, and is “internet speed” Satellite internet.
The advantages of satellite internet
In places where cables are difficult or impractical to lay, satellite internet is mostly used to provide access. However, it is most widely used in hilly lands, remote areas and islands. Alternatively to the fiber optic cables, they can still be used, but the compromise is important. It is often the only way to link the Internet to certain locations.
Users of such a form of communication
On ships, airplanes, remote military bases, satellite communication that’s not exactly new is commonly used. However, the go-to and mostly the last resort is almost never. Some military observers consider satellite communication to be too untrustworthy and costly to communicate.
Satellite internet can support corporations in countries like India, however, it is unlikely to be a customer solution. Furthermore, in a mobile country for the first time, businesses need to find ways of using mobile technology.
Those who are trying to bring this network
India’s Bharti Global Ltd is one of the leading stakeholders in OneWeb to carry satellite connectivity to India. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the USA, was awarded a $1 billion grant last week to launch the broadband Starlink service in the face of strong competition from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. SpaceX has indicated an interest in India’s satellite internet plans. The Amazon e-commerce giant is now interested in a partnership called Kuiper for satellite internet. Another rival is Telesat of Canada.