Fixed Internet vs. Satellite for Rural Internet Access

In the past when rural homes or businesses wanted internet access, their only option was satellite service. While it was quick and easy to install, the downside was incredibly slow service resulting from data being transmitted to and from an orbiting satellite.

As technology has improved, however, so have the options for rural internet users. Fixed wireless internet is a more reliable solution, with faster, stronger and more reliable service that today’s internet user is looking for.    

Understanding Fixed Wireless vs. Satellite

While fixed wireless and satellite internet both rely on a dish or antenna to provide service to a home or business, there are some important differences that make fixed wireless the more attractive option.

With satellite internet, an already slow signal can get even slower when heavy cloud cover or bad weather block the dish’s access to the satellite. Fixed wireless, which communicates with local towers equipped with modern technology, is not affected by cloud cover or bad weather.

Another important difference when comparing satellite vs. fixed internet is also apparent when you consider lag time, which is called latency. Because the signal travels a shorter distance for fixed wireless versus satellite, latency is significantly less. No more slow reactions, frozen screens or frustrating spinning wheels. In fact, reducing latency or lag time affects everything from internet surfing to streaming movies to video chats and conferences.

Here at Softcom, we use 4G LTE technology designed specifically for fixed wireless internet access to deliver fast and reliable connectivity. Investments in cutting edge technology enables better non-line-of-sight (NLOS) connectivity, overcoming areas with dense tree foliage, as well as significantly increasing capacity for our customers with download and upload speeds up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps).

If you’re using satellite internet and want to learn more about how changing to fixed wireless services can change your internet experience, we can help. Just give our customer service team a call at (800) 982-7675.

Kristy CooperFixed Internet vs. Satellite for Rural Internet Access

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