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Satellite broadband has come a long way since early versions cost thousands and thousands of dollars and provided very slow download speeds of 256 or 512 kbps. Using modern satellite technology, speeds comparable to a city ADSL (your standard broadband) connection will soon be a reality in New Zealand – with even faster speeds not far off. 

This means farmers don’t have to wait until fibre or even RBI (the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative) arrives at their property, which isn’t guaranteed. 

The way it works is every time a satellite broadband subscriber sends a command to fetch a Web page, the request must travel 22,300 miles (35,888 km) to a satellite in geostationary orbit. From there, the signal travels another 22,300 miles back to earth, to the satellite service provider, where it is routed to the internet, data is exchanged, and is then sent 22,300 miles back to the satellite. Once the satellite receives the information, the page data must travel the final 22,300 miles back to the user. 

To put it simply, the internet feed is beamed from a geostationary satellite to the SkyEdge II Hub on earth, then to a dish installed at the subscriber’s home. With Wireless Nation’s technology, Satellite Broadband has download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps. This is faster than older satellite broadband technology and much, much faster than dial-up. 

The SkyEdge II Hub acts as the centre point of the satellite network. The hub transmits and receives signals towards the VSATs over the satellite. 

Wireless Nation provides you with the SkyEdge II modem which is designed and optimized for broadband satellite communications, supporting data, VoIP and video applications. It offers a high-performance, cost effective way to deliver the communications services that you require. 

The two main satellite operators for New Zealand are Optus and IPSTAR. 

For over 25 years, Optus has been a leader and innovator in satellite-based communications services within the Australasia region, providing a comprehensive range of advanced digital satellite services. With the largest fleet of domestic satellites in Australia and New Zealand, Optus delivers more services to those countries than any other provider. 

Optus has an unmatched track record in delivering satellite services to rural and remote areas in Australasia offering expertise and proven capability to effectively meet all domestic and regional business communication needs. This stems from having a high look down angle so it’s available anywhere in New Zealand, unlikely to be blocked by tall objects and less atmosphere to cut through so it’s hardly affected by the weather. 

The IPSTAR broadband satellite is the world’s first high throughput satellite and one of the world’s largest satellites ever launched into orbit. The benefits of IPSTAR is that it owns full frequency licenses in 14 countries in Asia Pacific, is fully scalable, and allows market extension on a nationwide scale. 

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