Dorset RAYNET has a satellite broadband capability in addition to the ability to deploy wide area voice communications. This means we can now provide any user service with up to 20Mbps Internet access at a single site in Dorset.
We use a system that provides Internet access through one of the Astra group of satellites, which are in orbit approximately 39000 kilometers above the earth’s surface. Satellites often provide a greater coverage area compared to 3G or 4G masts and fixed telephone lines. However, due to the sheer distance needed to communicate over, the latency times are much higher. By using satellites, we can theoretically provide Internet access anywhere across Europe!
In order to provide Internet access to you, we would need a small flat area, with vehicular access, where we can get a clear view of the sky towards the South East. We can be fully operational within 30 minutes after arriving on site, with users logging in via Wi-Fi or using Cat5 cable. For speed we initially set up on battery but will have to move onto generator or mains power if there is need for pro-longed operation.
Our Internet access is metered and has a direct cost to us. The lowest usage tariff currently costs (Under negotiation) per Gigabyte. As a completely voluntary organisation, we are unable to cover these costs and would require an agreed price before set-up.
We have conducted a number of trials and found that a 10Mbps connection is usually possible although it is affected by network usage, heavy rain and cloud. We are still in the early days of this capability but can be called out by any User Service, or organisation where we have a Memorandum of Understanding.