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Author  Topic: Broadband coverage Falkland Islands?  (Read 334 times)

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Broadband coverage Falkland Islands?
« on: 17. May 2004 at 20:08 »

Does anybody have any information regarding coverage of the Falkland Islands off South America?.  Satellite broadband wanted for home owners and businesses alike.  Had a reply from Bentley Walker UK offering services to the South American region.  After viewing their Atlantic Bird 1 coverage map, which seems to cover us within the 1.80m dish diameter boundary,  it was suggested that the footprint fell short of the Falklands....Can a connection be made with a bigger dish diameter or are there any other suggestions out there...replies to this will be very much appreciated

« Last Edit: 18. May 2004 at 19:54 by glyn »
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« Reply #1 on: 19. May 2004 at 11:03 »

The Falkland Islands are in the lower power and lower sensitivity contours of the Eutelsat AB1 coverage beam of South America, so you will need a dish rather larger than the nominal 1.2m dish required for the mainland.  More study or an experiment is suggested to determine if a 1.8m dish plus 2 watt BUC provides an acceptable service.  2.4m or 3.5m dishes are increasingly costly and difficult to ship and install.  
Costs will be high when shipping, installation and commissioning are included.  If you have a business related application or are interested in sharing the terminal costs amongst a local area network community, it may be feasible.  
I understand that the North Berwick (Scotland) seabird centre are contemplating a live video feed with a remote control TV camera on Falklands so we can watch the penguins.

« Last Edit: 31. Aug 2004 at 09:12 by Eric Johnston »

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« Reply #2 on: 03. Aug 2004 at 00:10 »

No decisions have been made on satellite provision for the proposed video link from the Falkland Islands to the Scottish Seabird Centre (North Berwick) in Scotland. Currently a number of potential camera sites are being identified once this is complete the means of transferring the video signal and return control signal will be decided, whether this is via a satellite broadband or via an existing ground station.  I will be researching the various options that are available over the next few weeks and would appreciate any advice that is available. The project is dependent on funding from a number of bodies including the Falkland Islands Government who are likely to be more forthcoming if the project can benefit the local community. One benefit of a Sat broadband link would bring is a barely used download bandwidth as the video would be using the uplink bandwidth.
Take a look at the Scottish Seabird Centre's website to find out more about what else is happening. My company Outersight has installed all the cameras and microwave links at the Centre and we were involved with the St Kilda video link that failed to get off the ground due to local and MOD objection.
If you are based on the Falkland Islands I would be interested in hearing from you.

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Re: Satellite internet in remote area
« Reply #5 on: 05. Jul 2004 at 03:28 »

The good news is that DW6000 does not require a phone line for either installation or operation. The bad news is that you have very little say in your satellite assignment. You just have to hope that you have a clear shot at the satellite to which you were assigned down home. It's not impossible to get a satellite reassignment AFTER installation, but it requires quite a bit of hoop-jumping. I sent an email to your listed address about antenna pointing angles and literature

« Last Edit: 05. Jul 2004 at 03:30 by USN - Retired »

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