USN - Retired
Re: Sat in Paraguay??
« Reply #3 on: 25. Jan 2005 at 12:57 »
Other than point you to the Bentley-Walker
ivsat.htm and to
newera-south-america.htm , I can't
contribute any viable information to the Paraguay question. But
from my own experience, I can add a more optimistic set of
Far from each satellite being limited to 10-12 MB, one satellite
transponder used for broadband internet can typically provide a
composite 48MB bit-stream. HNS/Direcway - over North America for
example - leases over two dozen transponders on 7 satellites,
each dedicated to broadband satellite internet use. There are no
exact numbers published that I'm aware of, but educated sources
consider 8000 users (per transponder) normal and 12,000 crowded.
Remember, they oversell this service intentionally, banking on
the principle that the entire population will never all be using
the service at the same time; shared bandwidth.
In the early days, I paid about $600 USD for my hardware, which
included freight/tax/installation. Recent price drops cut that
figure nearly in half. My two way service costs $60 USD per
month. I think that figure may be dropping this year as well.
My uploads leave a bit to be desired, typically 30-50 Kbps.
I've reached 110 on a good day single digits on a bad one.
Downloads are dynamic, depending upon how much bandwidth is
being shared at any given instant. Typically I'm in the 1-2 Mbps
window, but it has on rare occasions dipped down near modem
speeds - and I've seen high as a combined 6.7 Mbps on 5
Negotiated transponder leases are probably somewhere in the
neighbourhood of $150,000 USD per month.
// greg //