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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 12:44

Second Internet satellite launched

Written by Nick Farell
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Broadband to the Alps and Wales
Europe's second satellite dedicated to delivering broadband internet connections has launched successfully.

The six-ton Ka-Sat lifted off atop a Proton rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and took nine hours and 12 minutes to get into orbit. The Eutelsat-operated spacecraft will bring broadband to tens of millions of European homes in so-called "not-spots" which cannot be connected to the world wide wibble.

Although this is the second broadband-dedicated satellite to get into orbit, it is considerably bigger, and has a notional capacity to serve up to two million households. The Hylas-1 platform could connect 300,000 people. As many as 30 million households in Europe are not served at all or get a poor service.

Ka-Sat has a total throughput of some 70Gbps and it should be running in the second half of the second quarter of 2011.


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-6 #1 loadwick 2010-12-28 15:13
Oooooh, wow. People can look forward to 0.23Mbps connection speed!

(70Gbps x 1024) / 300,000 = 0.23Mbps per person


thats not even fast enough for YouTube is it?
 
 
0 #2 yasin 2010-12-28 16:02
well thats about 30KBps, so i doubt it.
 
 
+3 #3 Exodite 2010-12-28 16:26
Quoting yasin:
well thats about 30KBps, so i doubt it.

On the other hand it's unlikely to see every connected user fully utilizing the capacity at once.

In my old place there were 24 100Mbit connections going to different apartments in the house and only a single 1Gbit line out but there were never any problems getting the full 100Mbit.
 
 
-1 #4 yasin 2010-12-28 23:49
Quoting Exodite:
Quoting yasin:
well thats about 30KBps, so i doubt it.

On the other hand it's unlikely to see every connected user fully utilizing the capacity at once.

In my old place there were 24 100Mbit connections going to different apartments in the house and only a single 1Gbit line out but there were never any problems getting the full 100Mbit.

multiplexing yeah. and tbh not that many people are going to be using it anyway. i was only saying 30KBps isn't enough for youtube :-*
 
 
0 #5 GrumpyOldMan 2011-01-01 03:30
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Good news: Second Internet satellite launched

Bad News: It's in the same orbit as all that space junk caused when the Soviets nuked their failed spy satellite.

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