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Satellite Internet – What Is It and Who Could Benefit From It?

Satellite Internet – What Is It and Who Could Benefit From It?

“Satellite Internet is the ability to transmit and receive data from a relatively small satellite dish on Earth and communicate with an orbiting geostationary satellite almost 36 000km above Earth’s equator. The orbiting satellite transmits (and receives) its information to a location on Earth called the Network Operations Center or NOC (pronounced “knock”). The NOC itself is connected to the Internet (or private network), so all communication made from a satellite dish to the orbiting satellite will flow through the NOC before it reached the Internet.”

South Africa has come a far way with the introduction of high-speed fibre – which is currently the most popular choice for business owners when it comes to choosing their type of business internet solution. However, high-speed fibre is limited in the aspect of availability. While you may very well have fibre installed in your area, you may not feel comfortable in choosing the service provider associated. Inversely, your business may be located in an area where fibre is not viable, or there are no short-term plans to have it made available.

So what do you do in a circumstance like that? If you are comfortable in using Wireless or Traditional ADSL – this may be the best option for you. But if your operational requirement necessitates a more reliable and faster connection than that, a satellite internet solution may be the best thing since, well, fibre!

Who Can Get Satellite Internet?

The good news is – everyone can get it! Because of the nature of how satellite internet works – you basically just need to meet the minimum requirement of being on earth. Once you have that covered – you’re good to go!

Benefits of Satellite Internet

Global Coverage

“This is the most significant advantage of using satellite links – coverage at any location on Earth. A single satellite in the geostationary orbit can cover distances as large as whole oceans or continents. This wide area coverage makes high-speed Internet access from remote locations quick and easy. It is also possible to connect many remote locations spread across large distances through a secure private link.”

High Speed Access

“The first thing you would notice about satellite Internet is speed. Most satellite internet providers can provide multi-megabit speeds which can be sometimes faster than terrestrial options. If the options available are limited, such as dial-up or unreliable/slow DSL, satellite is the clear winner.” 

Cost Effective

“It costs anywhere between R 135 000.00 –  R 1 400 000.00 to lay 2km of fibre in an unserved location. In addition to the high investment, it may take several months to complete the fibre deployment and make it available to individual locations. If you do not have access to reliable terrestrial connectivity, satellite is the most cost-effective means of high-speed Internet access.”

Location Independent

“Having a broadband connection at any location is great, the advantage of taking it anywhere is even better.

Internet via satellite is possible through fixed and mobile equipment. The end user location is connected to the Internet as long as the satellite dish has a clear line of “



“As the satellite network consists of only a satellite, teleport, NOC and satellite terminal, the number of opportunities for network outages are significantly reduced. Compared to terrestrial networks, there is much less opportunity for network outages. With terrestrial services (cable or DSL), network outages can occur at any point along the infrastructure.

A complete satellite network can work independently off terrestrial infrastructure and maintain connectivity as long as the equipment is powered.”


Keen to find out more about Satellite Internet in South Africa? Click here to get in touch with SwitchedOn IT today!


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Cover Image Credit: Bandwidth Place 

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