The pilot schemes for getting superfast broadband to the final 5% of the UK are edging closer to actual delivery, but questions are being asked once again about the viability of a satellite based solution that uses a mixture of single property dishes and a communal dish with wireless distribution. The solution has been used to get broadband to rural parts of Germany previously.
PriddyBroadband has been set up by some concerned people in the village of Priddy where satellite broadband has been touted as a possible solution to the difficulty of getting fast broadband to the most rural parts of the UK. We have previously chased SES for details of the aggregate bandwidth on the communal dish and it appears that based on the modem that will be used this is 45 Mbps download and 8 Mbps upload, shared between 50 users. Individual users are capped at 25 Mbps which only just makes the UK definition of superfast which is faster than 24 Mbps.
We have been looking for SES satellite service speed tests to see how well they perform but while we know that the competing Tooway service is seeing plenty of speed test results we have not spotted any for an SES solution, if you have an example feel free to tweet us the results (@thinkbroadband or email if you prefer a more private sharing method.
Satellite broadband is a brilliant technology as it can bring broadband to the most remote areas with minimal infrastructure, but given the price of data allowances for the average member of the public and the growing demand for data due to video streaming people are likely to feel very much short changed, when people a few miles away can enjoy a wide choice of retailers with unlimited broadband packages at much lower prices.