Everywhere! Broadband today launched its satellite broadband service in a bid to bring high-speed internet access to those homes left in the cold by other services.
Satellite broadband services are available to the whole of the country as, unlike ADSL or cable, they are not limited by the speed of BT’s roll-out or the location of the customer’s house. Using Eutelstat’s Open Sky technology, which transmits data around the world, any user who wishes to sign up to the service will be set up with a satellite receiver, similar to those used for Sky television services.
The one-way service allows users to enjoy download speeds of around 500Kbps (kilobits per second) (maximum speed around 1Mbps — megabits per second), but users will need to use a dialup connection for uploading data, which will be limited to around 56Kbps.
“Two-way satellite services cost thousands of pounds to set up, require hefty equipment and each user needs a transmission licence. Such services really aren’t designed for home users,” said Graham Roberts, managing director of Everywhere! Broadband.
The service will cost £19.99 per month (plus telephone costs for uploading information), or £32.85 a month, which includes these additional charges, as well as a one-off installation fee of £99. This is still cheaper than many of its competitors.
“One-way services should be affordable to home users. The problem seems to be that companies simply haven’t set up their services effectively to create a mass market proposition,” said Roberts.
Although the communication data is not encrypted, Roberts said it is completely secure, as each antennae (or mini satellite dish) installed will contain an individual IP address, making it difficult for hackers to break into the network using a home-made antennae.
The first customers will be connected by the end of the year. Anyone wishing to register the service can sign up here.
Meanwhile, satellite broadband provider Isotrenic Broadband also launched a one-way service on Monday. Users will be charged a monthly subscription fee of £30 (and must sign up for a minimum of one year) plus a one-off payment of £45 installation and a rather off-putting £245 for all equipment.