The demand for these services will continue to increase as mobile Internet access becomes more prevalent and reliable, and with that in mind, here are the top five reasons why mobile satellite communication is so effective:
1. Proximity to Infrastructure Isn’t a Requirement
To appreciate the versatility of satellite communications, consider your experiences with your cell phones over the years. That service is reliant on your proximity to a cell tower, which is also known as a cell site. Satellites are actually the backbone of most cell services, but these cellular towers are used to connect users to the nodes. You may have access to the best cell service in the city where you work, but as soon as you’re in a rural area that lacks the necessary tower, that service is unreliable. True satellite communication doesn’t fact this limitation and can maintain access anywhere in the world.
2. The Approach Isn’t Prone to Disruption
People sometimes think of wireless connections as being inferior to wired connections, but that isn’t the case with satellite communication. In fact, this mode of communication is highly resistant to interference during both the uplink and downlink due to its frequency, which is about 2 GHz. Additionally, satellite communication is much less prone to disruption. Asteroids have actually hit satellites, knocked them out of orbit and even caused them to fall to Earth, but that’s a rare occurrence. Wired landlines are prone to disruption during inclement weather and natural disasters.
3. Satellite Communication Is Economical
Satellite communication is much less expensive than many people would imagine. It does cost a lot to build a satellite and to launch it into the orbit, but after that, the costs are very low, and those upfront costs are able to be recouped very quickly. Even the cost of the land-based network that’s required if a direct connection to the satellite isn’t practical is relatively low. For the consumer, an ideal future would eliminate cell towers and allow for direct connections.
4. Signal Quality Is Independent of Distance
Signal degradation is the loss of quality in an electronic signal that occurs in various telecommunication modes. The longer the distance, the worse the degradation is. Therefore, service providers must use signal boosters and other means to avoid that degradation, which makes communication over long distances more difficult and expensive. Satellite transmissions, however, aren’t affected by signal degradation due to the distance the signal travels.
5. Scalability and Global Availability
Satellite communications are highly scalable. They also allow for great immediacy. If a system requires additional receiver sites, which are nodes on a network, they can often be put in place nearly anywhere in the world within a matter of hours. As for direct connections, due to the manner in which a satellite accepts and deals with them, it can handle an infinite number in theory, which makes it infinitely scalable.