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Satellite operators' shares plummet as FCC plumps for public 5G spectrum auctions

Saruman the White Bronze badge

Re: A side-effect

Satelite can deliver broadband to rural areas, but it is very expensive (the cost of lobbing a satellite into orbit and then operating it for 20 years, plus the cost of the ground infrastructure, is truely out of this world). Also with GEO-based systems you have very long round-trip latency (ping times will be at least 480 ms, and can be longer depending on the slant range and coding overheads); try playing some of the modern games with that sort of network latency!

LEO/MEO systems allow shorter ping times but you end up needing loads of satellites to provide coverage and probably tracking antennas on the ground (you can use omni-directional antennas, but the link budgets don't allow anythnig like true broadband). Both result in an even bigger cash outlay, making it even more expensive for the end-user.

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