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Satellite Broadband – keeping you connected

With over 10 million customers, most people understand how Sky TV works – a small dish receives TV signals from a satellite into a box in their house. Satellite broadband is very similar in that it receives information to a small dish and transfers the information via a cable connected to a modem in your house. In addition, our satellite broadband also sends out information to the satellite so you have a fast two-way broadband connection.

Through the air rather than under ground cables

Rather than use an underground copper/fibre network like BT, satellite broadband operates by sending and receiving your broadband signal to a satellite about 22,000 miles in space. Because the satellite sits high up in space, it can provide equal quality of coverage to every home or business in its footprint. That’s why the satellite broadband services that we offer are available across the whole of Europe.

Download and upload from dish to satellite and back again

Most people are quite familiar with one-way satellite like Sky or Freesat television where the satellite transmits into your home. Satellite broadband receives information in much the same way ie. information or data is transmitted to your home by the satellite. In addition, via the satellite dish at your home, you actually transmit to the satellite (“upload”) the information that you are sending as well.

Broadband is Broadband

When you are using broadband inside your home, what’s going on outside is pretty irrelevant. In much the same way as the broadband using copper or fibre is buried and out of sight, the satellite broadband signal is similarly invisible.

Just like you take your mobile telephone for granted, as a service used by millions of customers across the world, you’ll quickly take your satellite broadband for granted. In no time at all, you’ll wonder how you ever managed before you had satellite broadband installed – in fact – just like your mobile phone!