High-speed satellite internet has experienced much evolution from its first use in residential homes in the 1990s. For the evolution of satellite internet, check out our post.
Now with faster speeds and lower latencies than ever before, the satellite internet industry is set to experience more revolutions in technology in the coming years. Additional global connectivity and constantly improving technology will bring high-speed Internet to even the most remote locations.
Improving Technology in Geostationary Orbit
Over the past several years, satellite Internet providers like Hughes have been making improvements to the satellite technology that provides high-speed broadband to residential and small business customers. The satellites used by Hughes and other satellite Internet providers are in geostationary orbit, which means satellites are high enough that they follow the same orbit as the earth. Because of the satellites’ positioning, satellite internet can be provided to a wider array of customers in areas where cable won’t reach. That’s why you can get HughesNet high-speed Satellite Internet service anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky.
Geostationary orbit requires, however, for satellites to be extremely far away from the earth, leading to higher latency times. Over the past several years, Hughes and others have made significant improvements to the satellite technology that they launch, raising satellite capacity, increasing speeds and lowering latency times.
Expanding Range and Service Locations
Satellite Internet, unlike other high-speed broadband ISPs, doesn’t require a landline connection. This means that more remote parts of the globe can be connected to high-speed satellite Internet where other forms of Internet connection are impossible.
The future of high-speed satellite Internet includes connecting the globe – so that people can live where they love not only in North America, but everywhere throughout the world. Satellite Internet is already in wide use on planes, trains and boats, along with other forms of transportation. The continuing improvement of satellite Internet capacity will have positive effects for the transportation industry and connectivity while travelling and shipping.
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LEO Satellite Constellations
Many believe that Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites are the way of the future. Unlike geostationary orbiting satellites, these satellites would be closer to earth and constantly orbiting (not in one place over one part of the earth). Establishing an Internet connection with LEO satellites would require many more satellites to be launched, creating constellations of satellites in the sky. Though LEO satellite constellations could eventually lead to higher speeds, lower latency and more global Internet coverage, satellite Internet providers are still developing the equipment that would be needed on the ground to capture their signals.
As satellite Internet providers develop the technologies that will become the future of service, you can rest assured knowing that you can live where you love and be connected via high-speed satellite Internet.