19 June 2014

Satellite Internet has been chosen as one of the successful bids for the DCMS Innovation fund announced earlier this year.

The Innovation Fund invited bids from projects to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the most remote and hardest to reach places in the UK. As the Satellite Internet Company, we've always known that satellite is an essential technology for connecting remote and rural communities so it's good to have this potential recognised.

Satellite Internet can be used in two basic ways:

  1. An Individual Connection to your own Dish (like the services we currently provide)
  2. A connection to a single point which is then shared through a local network infrastructure such as wifi (also known as satellite backhaul or satellite subdistribution).

An individual dish is quick and easy and can be installed for just one site. A subdistribution network can serve up to 100 sites within wi-fi range of the single point. The practicalities and economics of installation, the local network and the CPE (the equipment installed at each site) are different and that means each method has pros and cons depending on the number of sites, geography and population density.

Our Innovation fund project will compare both methods to establish which should be used depending on the local situation: SDN, Direct or a mix. A white paper will be published with a set of guidelines which can be used by local communities and projects to identify where they should be using the cost-effectiveness of satellite to reach the final 5%.

The technology and services to be used in the project are tried and tested using the latest platform powered by our existing partners SBBS and satmodems from Gilat and Newtec.

The project will install several new SDN networks and a large cohort of Direct sites so all the guidelines and figures will be based on real-world experience - plus those areas will get their Superfast connections into the bargain!

The project starts with a Feasibility Study in conjunction with the Local Body chosen by DCMS ahead of Deployment later in the year. If you would like to receive further information on this project as it progresses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details and tell us if you are working with/for an existing Local Body Broadband project plus any other relevant information you wish.

We will be giving a presentation on this project at the upcoming INCA Seminar: Delivering Superfast Wireless Broadband Services in Manchester on the 26th June. Booking details for ths seminar are here.