The Performance of Satellite Internet amidst the Global Pandemic

Late last year, a rare and contagious disease breakout caught the world by surprise, spreading from country to country in a matter of weeks. By March 2020, many state governments all over the globe grounded their international flights while other even decreed curfews and stringent measures for movement and travel. The COVID-19 global pandemic caused several drivers of nations’ economies to collapse, including transportation, oil and gas, and many others. However, humankind continues to portray his mark of resilience by finding solutions and innovative technologies to overcome the challenges. 

An example is the space industry that advances through innovative technologies with big company names behind the tremendous growth in market demand during the COVID-19 global epidemic. Many broadband satellite internet providers say that it is unusual for anyone to state that web access never satisfies customers’ speed and reliability needs. More than 2 million customers in the United States purchase satellite internet, and giant companies such as Amazon and SpaceX continue to invest billions in owning part of the ever-growing market.

Steve Hill, the director of Satellite Broadcast and Communications Association, said that at the outbreak of the pandemic, many space corporations and state agencies realized the growing market for satellite internet. Several businesses established their network of operations that requires ultra-high-speed internet access. 

For about two decades, commercial satellite web access providers continue to develop technologies that offer the world fast and reliable internet access. However, these companies faced challenges that hindered their progress before the dawn of technological advancements. During that time, most companies offered web access with low speeds and data restrictions. The introduction of broadband satellite internet access offered better connectivity that allowed penetration of rural markets, initially inaccessible because of poor connectivity. 

In 2017, HughesNet and Viasat were the two big-named satellite web access providers that launched new constellations of satellites to improve the capabilities and performance of high-speed internet drastically. Currently, HughesNet and Viasat offer internet speeds that satisfy the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of broadband web access speed of 25Mbps of 3Mbps. Sometimes Viasat’s service network achieves download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Satellite technology enables quick installations that facilitate the rapid development and popularity of satellite internet access. 

Steve Hill said that the reason for the rapid growth in the satellite industry is because it takes three to five days to establish most satellite connections. However, it takes longer to set links for rural customers with wired internet solutions.

In conclusion, the space industry’s prowess and technological developments are a clear sign of how humanity strives to survive and advance even when faced by a pandemic. Evolution is a necessity for humanity’s stay on the planet.