Benefits of satellite internet
Satellite service is good for people who live in rural areas and in places where traditional telecom infrastructure—like cable, fiber, or phone wiring—isn’t in place.
Satellite internet service probably won’t ever be the first choice for people in cities, since faster and cheaper internet is available to people in urban areas. But for people who live in the outer suburbs, small towns, developing nations, and rural areas, satellite internet connects them to the world when nothing else can.
Satellite internet availability
The biggest edge satellite internet has over other types of internet is availability. Once new LEO satellite systems like Starlink and OneWeb are put in place orbiting the Earth, customers will be able to access satellite services all around the world, even in out of the way places where internet service isn’t otherwise available.
Currently, over 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to the internet.1 But building out cable infrastructure to every home in the world would cost billions and billions of dollars. US Teleom estimates that laying fiber optic cable costs approximately $27,000 per mile.2 Satellite internet connectivity is less expensive than laying millions of miles of fiber optic cable, and it’s ideally suited for delivering internet access to rural and hard to reach areas.
Many types of internet service piggyback on existing infrastructure to reach customers (such as phone lines or cable TV cables). If you have this type of infrastructure connecting you to telecom providers, great! Nine times out of ten, we recommend you go with fiber, DSL, cable, or any other type of high-speed internet over satellite internet.
But for people who can’t get other types of internet service, we recommend you check into satellite internet. All you need is a small satellite dish on your home and a satellite modem and you can connect to the internet from almost anywhere.
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