LightSquared has its first satellite in the air, SkyTerra 1, enabling national coverage almost instantly - though it will need a ground component before it can make any money. SkyTerra 1 was launched yesterday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, packed with a Breeze M motor atop a ILS Proton rocket. The Proton delivered …
..but what about the throughput? Radio connectivity always has this problem. The transmitter might have a large bandwidth but it's shared by everyone in its catchment area. You can see that they are aware of the issue because of the usage caps and rental cost.
If you're in the middle of a desert living in a tent then satellite is great. But as a replacement for a fixed line service it has issues.
Don't confuse yourself here - the satellite is more to whitewash the spectrum than it is about actually providing service. They got the spectrum on the cheap as it has these rules of a satellite play.
If they attempted to waive the satellite requirements then all of the rest of the carriers would sue the FCC for changing the rules.
Cheapest satellite they could find too by the looks of it
Now, I'm no telecommunications engineer, but 400 kilobits/second doesn't seem to be a lot of bandwidth....
Cheap and fast? Sign me up.
Sure, it has issues, but so does landline broadband when you live nine kilometres from the exchange.
400kbits/sec is fine Per Channel
and they should start marketing working hand-sets and charge at land-network prices. The bird is costing anyway so why not get a network operating, establish a customer base and generate some cash-flow. As the land-based network expands satellite usage will become limited to remote areas. Then they can lease out spare chunks of capability at will. simples.