NBN Co calls for further satellite providers

NBN Co calls for further satellite providers

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has revealed the names of two retail service providers (RSPs) and is seeking five more that would provide services to remote and regional Australia via the company's Interim Satellite Service.

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The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has revealed the names of two retail service providers (RSPs) and is seeking five more that would provide services to remote and regional Australia via the company's Interim Satellite Service.

Since the announcement of the $300 million service at the beginning of this month, Harbour IT and SkyMesh have been trialling services on the Interim Satellite Service for regional and remote customers. The service is designed to replace the Australian Broadband Guarantee program for people without access to decent internet services. NBN Co said that from now until July, it aims to test the new Interim Satellite Service with up to 200 existing Australian Broadband Guarantee customers.

Between July and October, up to seven RSPs would be brought on to provide services to up to 300 customers and from November a full 20 RSPs would be able to service up to 1000 customers over the Interim Satellite Service.

The Interim Satellite Service is designed to ease the transition for the 3 per cent of regional and rural customers who are outside the fibre and wireless footprints of the NBN, and would receive broadband services by satellite.

Customers are set to receive a service with a maximum 6Mbps downlink and 1Mbps uplink speeds. Customers who wish to take up the service must first check their eligibility with NBN Co by either visiting the company's website or by calling a toll-free number (1800 881 816). Typically customers who can't get download speeds of greater than 512 kilobits per second would be eligible to apply.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Emerging Tech

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  • It's interesting to note the performance parameters supplied. They're sufficient for downloading pornography, but real life satellite communications are strongly dependent on latency. Even the absolute minimum latency of 480 ms makes satellite useless for most things--downloading a typical web page, even with a download speed of 12 Mb/s, can take up to a minute. And real-life latency is closer to a second, which is really painful.

    If NBN and the politicians really believe that satellite is any kind of "broadband" alternative, they should try it for a month as their only Internet connection. After that they might even prefer dialup.

    Greg Lehey
    grogzled
    • There are several issues that from the users perspective impact service, however the new developments that have occurred with this third generation of satellite development, with advances in adaptive coding, TCP-IP Acceleration techniques, applications aware QOS etc now mitigate the issue of latency! see"-

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/nbn-co-calls-for-further-satellite-providers-339315726.htm

      Must admit it is an impressive advancement on what is currently delivered and it is my understanding that the new European Satellite launched late last year already provides a premium service of 40mbps down and 10mbps up which is double the theoretical capacity of ADSL2 and is earmarked, for an upgrade to 50mbps down and 20mbps up.

      In effect providing a Fibre like service! notwithstanding the fact that gaming between a Satellite and Terrestrial user would give the terrestrial user a slight advantage however I don't see why a dedicated Satellite server host couldn't be implemented to level the playing field as there will be a couple million other users on the system.
      Hoags007