has been provided in America for years via HughesNet
But elsewhere, it has been somewhat difficult to come by. Now, the
dedicated to bringing satellite Internet to Europe has
launched, as the Hylas-1 has flown off on an Ariane 5 rocket in order to
offer service to up to 350,000 customers.
The Hylas is hoping to cover dead spots in Europe, which are seen as
remote locations where broadband isn't yet available. The rocket has
just launched this week, so it will still be a few weeks before it is
correctly positioned and queued for service. The UK government alone has
poured £40m in the Hylas development program, and they currently have a
commitment to provide each British inhabitant with a high-speed
connection by 2015. That equates to 2Mbps or greater, which this
satellite can presumably provide.
In fact, Hylas claims that speeds as high as 10Mbps are possible, and
Avanti's CEO has promised that this will just be one of many satellites
launched to provide service. The second one is already under
construction, and the company plans to put capacity over Africa, the
Middle East and parts of Asia. We never really expected satellite
Internet to be the key link in providing people in remote areas with
broadband, but we suppose it's better than nothing...even if the upload
speeds aren't ever anything to write home about.