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Satellite broadband is network connectivity provided through low-earth-orbit (LEO) or geostationary satellites, with the latter providing much faster data rates. Satellite broadband enables Internet access via satellite in two steps:
Satellite broadband is also known as satellite Internet access.
Satellite communication offers a wide variety of features as well as some technical limitations compared to traditional broadband Internet services. Satellites placed in geostationary orbit can deliver Internet speeds of about 0.5 Mbps. However, the speed is limited to 80 Kbps on transmissions from the user. In rural areas, this speed is typically more than what is available through other means.
Satellite broadband also offers additional features such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), standard and high-definition TV (HDTV), video on demand and datacast.
Satellite broadband also has some major drawbacks:
The greatest advantage of satellite broadband is that it can be quickly established on a mobile device that is less prone to attacks or a natural disaster.