I posted last month that we had moved to satellite broadband, using a service called Tooway provided through a company called Avonline. So, after one month what has the experience been like:
1. It is certainly faster and has much great capacity than I could obtain from BT before. That was why we went this route and for that alone, it is fully justified.
2. You don’t see the increased speed when you are downloading individual webpages, because of the latency effect with each new page request. There is a distinct pause after each request, followed by a quick odwnload when it finally responds.
3. You really notice the improvement when downloading or uploading pictures, softare etc. That is when you really notice the difference.
4. It can support quite high concurrent demand. We had eight people in the house the other day, all on laptops, iPads etc. It seemed to cope pretty well. The BT service would have ground to a halt.
5. It is a pleasure not to have to deal with BT when you have a question or concern.
6. The speed still varies from time to time so I guess they are still having to manage concurrent users at busy times.
7. We did have one 24 hour period with very intermittent service because of a problem with the satellite.
8. And key issue, you forget just how much data gets transferred over the internet. We had signed up for the 26gb per month programme. We ran out with almost a week to spare and have had to increase the capacity to 50gb. Hopefully that will be enough. But with two computers, iPads etc it is amazing how much you get through. After all, one significant Apple software upgrade can involve more than 1gb per device.
So it is definitely an improvement and the only really practical solution if you want to stay digitally connected in a remote location. But it is expensive and not yet perfect.