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How Does Satellite Internet Work For Households and Businesses?

Companies and individual households will often turn to satellite internet services because:

  • It is available in places where mobile networks are patchy.
  • It is a fail-safe option that backs up a fixed-line connection to ensure continuity of service.
  • It works just as well in rural locations miles from a telephone exchange as it does in city centres.

How does it do this? Well, the simplest answer is that it bypasses the telephone network entirely. Unlike fixed-line broadband services, which rely on a physical connection, satellite internet beams data from homes and business premises up into space. A geostationary satellite then receives the communication and relays it back to Earth, from where it can be sent to its intended recipient. This means you can get satellite internet in all types of locations in the UK, even in some of the the remotest places of the British Isles. Although adverse «weather can affect satellite internet», all that will happen is that the signal strength is weakened temporarily. Secure connectivity is still maintained. Compare that to your phone line coming down or your fibre-optic connection being damaged by water!

Note that satellite broadband only began in Europe in 2012 when Eutelsat became the first satellite provider in Europe to provide this sort of connectivity. This satellite has since proven itself in 15 countries, including the UK, where the entire country is covered by its scope. This satellite might be 24,000 miles above us in the sky but it provides high-speed internet services day and night!

Equipment Needed for Satellite Broadband Connections

The following three pieces of equipment are needed for satellite internet to work:

  • A broadband-enabled satellite orbiting the Earth.
  • A satellite internet dish with transciever located at the property that will be connected.
  • A satellite internet router, preferably Wi-Fi enabled so conventional devices can communicate with the dish.

Let's take a more detailed look at the two pieces of equipment that you'll need in your home or place of work.

The Satellite Internet Dish

Anyone who has ever watched satellite TV will understand what a satellite internet dish is doing. It is effectively a transceiver that relays information back and forth from the satellite it is pointing towards. This way, both uploaded and downloaded data can be sent to and from the satellite just like a conventional, fixed-line connection would.

The Satellite Internet WiFi Router

The other piece of equipment you will need to be installed at your property is a satellite internet router. Just like a router that connects to a phone line, this piece of equipment ensures that data is encrypted before it is sent out and means the signal from the dish cannot be scanned or read in some way. What's more, the satellite internet router will provide you with a WiFi service so your wireless devices can connect to it. Again, security is crucial here because only devices with the correct password stored in them are afforded access. Those without are not.

Want to Know More About Satellite Internet?

There are plenty more questions you might have about the way satellite internet works. A common one is whether «satellite internet is secure» and another is what sort of speeds you can expect from it. At Konnect, we try to make it as easy as possible for everyone. That's one reason why we provide a professional installation of the dish and WiFi router to all new clients free of charge.

Want to know «how to connect to satellite internet» once your equipment has been fitted? If so, check out our FAQ section or give us a call! We'll walk you through the process.
 

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Lite

£47.90/month

Wi-Fi router included

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Average 37 Mbps

01-Electrons/PDAAsset 2

75 Gb data allowance/month

For families

HD-quality video streaming

Plus

£47.90/month

Wi-Fi router included

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Average 75 Mbps

01-Electrons/PDAAsset 2

150 Gb data allowance/month

For busy households

Full HD-quality video streaming

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1 album with 15 songs*
A 90-minute HD film*
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37 Mbps

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3 Mbps

48 s

6 mins 24 s

Unlimited volume
75 Gb /month
Included
£299.00 £149.00
2-3 people
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75 Mbps

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3 Mbps

24 s

3 mins 12 s

Unlimited volume
150 Gb /month
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£299.00 £149.00
3-5 people
Full HD

* Maximum upload and download speeds. Download times given as an indication, based on a 300Mb album and a 2,400Mb film

** Technical requirements apply see Contractual Conditions

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(1.) Eligibility: package reserved for home use on condition of availability in the region selected. Price: prices include all taxes. Activation fee: The Activation fee of £ 35 Inc. VAT is invoiced following your first order. Shipment fee: The Shipment fee of £15 is invoiced upon order. Payment: The Activation fee and the Shipment fee are payable at the time of the subscription; the recurring fees are payable monthly. Standard installation fee: standard installation of the Konnect Equipment, amounting to £299 Inc. VAT and of which £150 Inc. VAT are borne by Eutelsat S.A. and £149 Inc. VAT remains at Your expense. Additional fees: potential additional fees (non-standard installation, termination fee, non-return equipment fee…) are listed in the “Konnect Tariffs and Fees Guide”. Konnect Equipment: the Konnect Equipment is essential for the use of our satellite internet services and is provided by Eutelsat S.A.. Delivery: Konnect Equipment is delivered ten (10) working days following the receipt by Eutelsat S.A. of the payment of Your Activation fee, of Your Shipment fee of Your Contract signed and of a valid means of payment of Your monthly fee. Installation: standard installation of the Konnect Equipment (and Activation of the Services) is performed by a professional approved by Eutelsat S.A. within twenty (20) working days following the receipt by Eutelsat S.A. of the payment of Your Activation fee, of Your Shipment fee, of Your Contract signed and of a valid means of payment of Your monthly fee, at Eutelsat S.A.’s cost for your first subscription. Standard installation depends on the location of the installation and its complexity, but it does not depend on the number of hours required to complete the installation. Standard installation depends, in particular, on the possible locations for the antenna (lateral walls that are easily accessible with a class-1 ladder (up to 130Kg load), a roof accessible from the building’s stairs or with a class-1 ladder (up to 130Kg load) with mounting fixed to the exterior wall, wall or parapet, roof surface or ground; ground-floor with concrete base with good satellite visibility, the distance of cable routing - 30m with a standard Konnect Equipment cable. The routing of the cable must be satisfactory and achievable). Any non-standard installation is liable to incur additional fees at your cost, which will be specified by the installers and be subject to your prior approval (to find out more about the types of non-standard installation and the associated fees, consult the “Contractual Conditions” and “Konnect Tariffs and Fees Guide). Standard and Non-standard installation fees constitute services independent of the Satellite internet access services to be paid upon completion of the installation and will not be reimbursed in the case of termination or withdrawal. Right of withdrawal: as a consumer, in case of distance contract, You benefit from a withdrawal period that must be exercised (for example by fulfilling and sending Us this form) no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after the Activation of the Service included in Your Package. In case of withdrawal, your Activation fee and Your Shipment fee will be reimbursed (but not the standard and potential non-standard installation fee). Duration: initial subscription of 11 months plus the pro-rata of the month during which your service is activated (at the same time your Konnect Equipment is installed). Data speed: speeds are expressed in Megabits per second. The speeds advertised are average speeds available within your data allowance. They may vary and are not guaranteed (for more information on data speed, consult the Standard Information Sheet). Data allowance: with the Konnect Lite and Konnect Plus packages, once you reach respectively 75 GB and 150 GB of data consumption, your data consumption may be reduced during peak times, and your download speed may be affected. Your data consumption is not counted between 01:00am to 06:00am –(local time). Latency: latency is between 600 and 700 milliseconds. Video: The quality of continuous video streaming is indicated “up to”, which means that there is a maximum quality that the Household or family can achieve for one video stream with the Konnect Package (depending on the Package purchased). It may vary and it is not guaranteed. Online gaming and websites requiring a fast response time: You are informed that the characteristics of satellite internet connection are not suitable for this type of use. Termination: If You wish to end your subscription with Us, You must give 30-day prior notice. If You are within Your minimum commitment period, You may be liable for early termination fees. The amount of the early termination fee is calculated by charging You the amount equivalent to Our cheapest package existing at the time of Your subscription and applying that monthly amount to the number of remaining months between the end of the 30-day notice period and the end of Your minimum commitment period. After-sales assistance: please refer to the Standardized Information Sheet. Dispute resolution: We will always do Our best to find an amicable solution to potential disputes before going to court, in particular through a mediation process (in particular via https://www.cedr.com/consumer/cisas/). For more information on the contractual conditions for the Konnect packages (in particular regarding security or integrity incidents management, maintenance and services, or commercial guarantees), consult the Contractual Conditions

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Under the current 60-Day No Commitment Promise” applicable to any first subscription to a Konnect Package made between May 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 (included), you are offered the possibility to terminate your contract without paying the termination fee for a period up to sixty (60) calendar days following the Activation of the Service. Your Activation fee and your Shipment fee will be refunded but you will not be refunded the standard and any non-standard installation costs if they apply. Konnect Plus Promotion: any first subscription per household to a Konnect Plus package made between April 11 and June 30, 2022 (included) will enjoy the Plus package at the discounted rate of €47.90 Inc. VAT/month (instead of €67.90 Inc. VAT/month).

This offer automatically runs in conjunction with our “60-day no-commitment promise” but not with any other promotion