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Busting common myths around satellite technology: #3 Satellites are too far away to perform well enough

IPSTAR understands that for farming families, rural workers and remote located small businesses, getting connected isn’t easy. What’s needed is a connection as reliable as in the city, but when you’re operating a farm the size of a small country, that can be easier said than done.

There are some commonly cited myths around the reliability of satellite technology to provide a decent connection, especially in those hard-to-reach areas.

This is the third part in a series of blogs in which we are trying to dispel the myths and misunderstandings about the internet service that satellites can provide.

Previously we talked about whether satellites are slow and not up to competing with ADSL speeds.

Having put that rumour to bed, our most recent blog talked about whether satellites only provided an intermittent or slightly faulty service.

So, having proved satellite connection is not slow, and that it’s not faulty, the time has come to explore whether satellite will provide as good a connection as ADSL.

Myth 3: Satellites are so far from us they can never perform as well as ADSL

Which brings us round to our final point, because no matter which way you spin this, the crucial thing to note is that internet performance depends on a customer’s internet usage or the connection requirements your home or business has.

Looking back to twenty years ago, it wasn’t really possible to make a video call via satellite internet connection. Now it is.

In reality, a satellite is 17,000km from earth, and it is not fixed wireless internet. But that doesn’t mean that it cannot and does not perform as well. So, if your kids are gaming and streaming Disney + while your other half is Facetiming far-away family, and you are listening to Spotify while inputting some stock data and firing off emails, satellite will absolutely cope with this, and more.

Shannon Fisher, Managing Director, has been speaking about the myths of this blog series. “The mistake people are making is comparing it to a different technology.

We need to understand that it will be different. Satellite is not fixed wireless. It’s not 4G. It’s thousands of kilometres from earth.” The better service providers are the crucial difference in getting the best from satellite connection. Where better support and immediate expertise are accessible, connectivity challenges can be more easily overcome.

And so, perhaps the question shouldn’t be ‘are satellites good enough?’ Instead we should ask, what do you want to do with your internet, when and how much? If you know the answer to that question, the right service provider will give you the best solution to fit your needs, even if you’re in the most remote corner of the country.

Picking the best technology for your needs

The opinion that satellite technology is not up to scratch and cannot compete with fixed wireless internet connection is outdated. We’re here to vouch for the fact that you can be well connected by satellite, and you can be well connected even in rural and regional Australia. IPSTAR has been at the forefront of advances in satellite technology and can guide you to pick a service that works for you, and you can be safe in the knowledge that we know satellite connectivity better than anyone. If you would like to chat to one of our connectivity experts, contact us today.