news Telecoms research firm Ovum has announced that the NBN Sky Muster satellite broadband service will be a “world leader” in its market.
In its new report, Satellite Broadband: A Global Comparison (download here in PDF format), Ovum said the $1.8 billion Sky Muster service will “help bridge the digital divide” by bringing fast broadband access to up to 400,000 Australian premises, including in rural, regional and remote areas.
In researching the report, Ovum said it examined 18 providers of satellite broadband services from a number of countries.
It compared these companies’ performance to retail plans available to Sky Muster customers, looking at a combination of peak data allowance, download speed and affordability (price per GB of data).
“Sky Muster’s excellent technical performance combined with strong retail affordability makes NBN’s satellite broadband service a world leader,” Ovum said in the report.
“NBN’s Sky Muster service will be a major step change for internet access for regional and remote Australians over the alternatives that have been available to date,” it went on.
With value for money considered a “key factor” for Australian end-users, the Ovum report said that the prices charged by retail service providers (RSPs) for the Sky Muster 25/5Mbps and 12/1Mbps services will “offer great options to eligible residents and businesses”.
“Retail plans based on NBN’s satellite broadband service are world leading in terms of both performance and affordability,” Ovum said.
The company also said that retail plans based on the Sky Muster service are “close to the best global pricing on a price per GB basis across the benchmarked operators”. It also lauded the range of “good entry level plans” available.
“The NBN Sky Muster satellite service will make a truly transformational difference to rural and remote Australians as we offer some of the world’s fastest and largest consumer satellite broadband plans to remote and isolated areas of Australia,” said John Simon, Chief Customer Officer at NBN.
“Broadband is essential for modern living,” Simon continued. “People in remote and isolated parts of the country will be better able to run their businesses, learn, stay in touch with friends and family and access new tele-health services online.”
“Australia is a uniquely vast country, making online connections increasingly critical,” he concluded.
The Sky Muster satellite was launched on 1 October 2015 from the Guiana Space Centre in South America, and early broadband customers have already reported that the service received is “outstanding”, according to Activ8me, an official NBN provider.
The service expected to be more widely available in the first half of 2016. Meanwhile, a second satellite will launch in the second half of the year.
Eventually, more than 200,000 premises in regional Australia will gain access to the Internet at speeds up to 10 times faster than ISS satellite services.
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