news iiNet has announced it will soon launch broadband products based on the wholesale availability of bandwidth from NBN’s Sky Muster satellite, which was successfully launched last October.
Explaining that Sky Muster provides “gives us access to speeds as an equivalent land based fibre connection”, the NBN partner added in a blog post that its developers are preparing a set of satellite products for launch that will offer a number of improvements over the firm’s previous satellite offerings.
The firm there will be “various options for quota” “to suit different levels of usage, as well as individual budgets”. However, iiNet offered no further detail, which we can expect as the products become finalised.
The firm did say however: “Our largest quota plan is looking to give satellite customers double the peak quota they have been receiving in the past.”
Concerning speed, though, the firm was able to offer actual numbers, saying via the NBN satellite it will be able to release “fast satellite speeds” and is aiming to get “up to 25Mbps” on its high-speed plan.
“[T]hat’s comparable to an NBN Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) connection!” iiNet said.
No details were forthcoming on the likely speeds of the lower-speed plans, however.
Sky Muster is a geostationary communications satellite operated by NBN Co and built by aerospace firm SSL. It is replacing older satellite services and already delivering fast Internet to regions of Australia which currently have limited or no Internet connectivity.
The new NBN satellite service has received positive reviews from early customers, who said performance is “outstanding”, according to Activ8me, an official NBN provider.
A second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, is scheduled to launch from French Guiana Space Centre in South America in late 2016.
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