I wonder if LATENCY will be an issue still?? The reason I stuck with dial-up for the longest time is cause I had a choice of dial-up or satellite..Satellite had much better download/upload but the latency in games were HORRIBLE. Would be between 500ms-800ms compared to my 150ms-300ms on dialup (I hit 120ish on some servers in quake 2 on my dial up :) ) But now I am able to get DSL which 3mbs/512kbs is my cap, could go higher on upload but AT&T is lame and won't use any caps but their PACKAGE caps, even though I'd pay more $. And well my download wouldn't go much higher anyway because of distance from CO.
This is actually good to hear as it is actually a much better solution. DSL is kind of ridiculous in several way as in your distance from CO one. Of course fiber to home would be nice but in the way most do it in the US it is still pretty much DSL as the fiber contact points in a neighborhood are generally not directly to a house but usually 3-10 houses depending from each connection point then sub addressed. Fiber to curb for each house would be much better. I remember when I first started playing games online over dial up I would use 2 lines. I generally did it when everyone else was asleep so it did not cause any issues. Of course Coaxial/cable internet is better in general but it has it's issues as well although not as detrimental as DSL's so a nationwide satellite network that had speed and throughput both up and down would be very nice. It would also over all be much cheaper to maintain. A satellite may be expensive but compare it to 330 million users and all the hardware between the houses and the broadcast/intake servers etc. and it would be or is cheap I am sure.
Very cool, This will be nice for those who cant get the traditional internet service and dont want to pay an arm and a leg to a cell provider....
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Very good news for people in rural areas. Delay has always been an issue with Satellite broadband, I think as long as thy can achieve close to the 140 Gbps they claim it will drive adoption quickly.
the increased speed is amazing yes...those who don't play games or games that require a decent latency will greatly enjoy this. i would still like to see an increase in fiber optic across the country though, i've never been a fan of wireless, inconsistant at times and bandwidth seems to vary too much.
Internet for more people is always a good thing :) I am sure the latency is still going to be a slight issue with this after all the signal does have to travel all the way through the atmosphere and back.
Latency is the real issue with this tech. It will make it or break it. Problem is that to try it, you'll need to sign an outrageous contract that guarantees the Sat company a lot of money, even if you don't like it.
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Well, If I had moved to a rural area I'd shudder at the thought of satellite internet. Now, not so much thanks to this satellite; though from the stuff I've read about, I'd either have to give up gaming completely or hope that it provides very decent latency.
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Latency will ALWAYS be an issue. It doesn't matter if the satellite can send a billion terabits a second, it still has to travel up 35,786 km (22,236 mi) and back down 35,786 km. =) They can pretty much put a satellite up in geosynchronous orbit and forget about it. Good luck finding someone to put satellites of this type in Low Earth Orbit. Would take too much fuel keeping them in orbit.
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