Understanding Satellite Broadband: the ok for web browsing from Ofcom report
Ofcom has published a report that used volunteers to assess how good a Ku Band service was
Ofcom has published a report that should be required reading for local authorities taking part in the BDUK process, Understanding Satellite Broadband, though at 95 pages long, and 69 pages of appendixes it is not a quick read.
Satellite services were compared to an ADSL service in four areas:
- Web browsing/streaming video
- Remote Desktop/VPN
- Online gaming
Now many would assume that people would prefer the ADSL service over satellite on all of these, but web browsing was actually scored as the better service.
Including streaming video in the web browsing category is odd, while many people launch video playback from a browser link, the actual playback is largely in a Flash control. Only short 2 to 3 minute news clips were used for the video testing, which given the usage limits many satellite services have may reflect the sort of usage people are limited to.