When we talk about satellite connectivity, we are all well familiar with the VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) technology and even more familiar with the famous ~600ms latency and borderline broadband data throughputs, not even to speak about CPE cost and high monthly charges compared to the likes of FTTH & 4G/LTE Mobile connectivity.
VSAT makes use of the GEO Synchronous Orbit Satellites which are about 35,000 km above Earth’s surface, introducing a latency of about ~600ms. Technology companies are starting to use the LEO (Low Earth Orbit), that is about 550km from Earth’s surface, to deploy communication satellites, which only have about 20ms of latency and much higher data throughputs.
Low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites are said to be the technology to revolutionize the internet. With more than a third of the world still offline, this satellite constellation can help connect the unconnected and bridge the digital divide that’s leaving remote and rural communities behind.
-World Economic Forum
We are in the midst of another space race with participants competing not to reach the Moon or Mars but to connect the world’s unconnected and under connected populations.
- Deloitte TMT Predictions