Broadband users, frustrated by low speeds especially in rural parts, can now sign up to a new satellite broadband service promising download speeds up to 20Mbps.
The BroadbandEverywhere service uses the SES Broadband Services platform and will be offered to customers by technology retailer Box.
The broadband service is powered by Ka-band capacity on SES’ ASTRA 2F satellite located at the orbital position 28.2 degrees East. With the launch of another satellite, ASTRA 2E, carrying additional Ka-band capacity and scheduled for launch in September this year, will expand the area it covers.
BroadbandEverywhere has a range of packages with deals starting from £13 per month. The equipment to receive the signals sells at around £300.
“BroadbandEverywhere frees users from the limitations of terrestrial Internet connections, and brings fast, reliable broadband, anywhere,” said Jason Fernyhough of BroadbandEverywhere.
“It enables high-speed Internet without a phone line or mobile dongle, unaffected by landscape. If broadband is required at the top of a mountain, in the middle of a field, or simply living in a rural hamlet – this is the perfect service”.
The service provides a static UK IP address and Fernyhough said, alongside special dishes from the firm, would allow holidaymakers in motorhomes and caravans to access UK sites such as the BBC without issue, wherever you are.”
The launch should help the UK governments targets of providing fast broadband services to 95 per cent of the population by 2015.