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Satellite Broadband

Using a satellite to deliver internet rather than traditional wires - satellite broadband is great for people in rural areas.

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Satellite Broadband
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Offers from over 15 providers

Offers from over 15 providers

Onestream Broadband

Jetstream Fibre Unlimited Broadband

18 month contract Fibre + Phone

17Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£19.95 / month

£0 upfront fees

John Lewis Broadband

Fibre Broadband + Evening and Weekend Calls.

12 month contract Fibre + Phone
John Lewis £45 E-Giftcard

36Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£26.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

TalkTalk Broadband

Fibre 35 TV

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

38Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£26.00 / month

£4.95 upfront fees

Vodafone Broadband

Pro Xtra Superfast 2

24 month contract Fibre + Phone
£75 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card

63Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£45.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Virgin Media Broadband

Bigger Oomph bundle + Movies

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

213Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£70.00 / month

£35 upfront fees

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What is satellite broadband?

Satellite broadband is a way of connecting to the internet via a satellite connection. To use this service, you need a satellite dish and a transmitter attached to your home, usually placed on your roof. The advantage of satellite broadband is that it can provide internet access to almost any location on earth and is therefore common in rural areas.

Consumer satellite broadband is expanding rapidly and although there are some drawbacks to this service, customers should expect fast development in this area in the near future.

How does satellite broadband work?

Satellite broadband works by connecting to a satellite within the earth’s orbit. That satellite then transfers data both to and from your own dish, before sending signals to the internet provider’s central hub, which then provides internet to your home.

Is satellite broadband reliable?

When you use satellite broadband your signal has to travel into space and back which creates high latency, also known as lag. This is similar to the delay you may experience when making a long-distance phone call. This means satellite broadband is not suited for activities such as large downloads or online gaming.

Satellite broadband is also vulnerable to bad weather and a bad storm may see you temporarily lose access to the internet.

How much does satellite broadband cost?

Satellite broadband often costs more than fixed line internet, and set up costs are between £100 to £400. Prices for satellite broadband tend to vary between £20 per month to £100 per month. Satellite broadband also often has restrictive download limits and those seeking a more generous allowance will have to pay extra.

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Where can I get satellite broadband?

Finding a satellite internet provider is like finding a provider for any other broadband service, only there are less providers to choose from. You can use our postcode checker here at usave to compare broadband deals available in your area.

The installation process is of course different with satellite broadband, as you will need to have the dish attached to your home. You will need to book an engineer to provide this service, but you should usually be able to get an appointment fairly quickly.

Advantages/disadvantages of satellite broadband

Advantages

  • Available in rural locations where traditional broadband services may not be available
  • Satellite technology is rapidly improving so may be a worthwhile investment
  • It doesn’t require a phone line, so you don’t have to pay for a landline if you don’t want one

Disadvantages

  • Higher cost
  • Less reliable service
  • Vulnerable to extreme weather such as storms
  • Less choice of providers
  • Much slower speeds than a fibre optic connection

Last reviewed: 01 April 2021

Next review: 01 May 2021