Sometimes it can be a bit difficult deciding which Internet plan option suits the needs of a company. Although we're a long way in to the future from the dial-up days, executives in high-end businesses still have some important decisions to make regarding their internet connectivity in terms of effective business practices.

Since many people aren't familiar with all of the features of satellite internet with businesses, here's a short breakdown that might expand their horizons and assist in making an educated decision.

How It Works

First of all, it's important to understand on a basic level what exactly your satellite internet provider is doing. Satellite internet is a service offered through many different satellites and Earth stations (also known as teleports.) The customer premise equipment, called VSAT--Very Small Aperture Terminal--this requires professional installation to ascertain long term trouble-free operation.

A relatively small satellite dish located on Earth communicates and connects with a satellite that's orbiting Earth thousands of miles away. Once the signal is transmitted to the geostationary satellite, the signal is sent back to the satellite dish which is installed outside your office.

Availability

Availability is a rather large factor when deciding which ISP you're going to select for your business. It's important to consider your location, and surroundings when assessing the best option for you. Satellite internet is available nearly everywhere, especially if you're located in a rural location with no cable providers this may be the only option for you.

Satellite internet also has the capabilities to make connectivity and business operations available to everyone involved in your company. With the international BusinessCom, for example, it enables all of your locations--no matter how remote--to be connected to the corporate network at all times. Using a TDMA technology (time division multiple access) users are able to share the same frequency channel by dividing the signal into different time slots.

Especially today with the ongoing debate about net neutrality, Satellite Internet providers are in favor of Internet being available for everyone everywhere via satellite. Whereas terrestrial providers are able to select Internet resources and limit access to them acting as a gatekeeper to the net, the nature of satellite Internet is that it is provided to all without restrictions.

Security

The security of your internet is dependent upon a series of processes that take place once your signal reaches your modem or after it leaves the modem. When using satellite in your business practice imagine a giant beam being sent when you click send on an email up to your provider's satellite. The email is broken down into digital pieces that only the satellite can piece back together. Since this beam is super specific only you receive the data transmitted to and from your business.

Most security issues are concerned with the ability of hackers to break into your business system and retrieve data. While many companies today employ tools like AVG's Internet Security to protect their file servers and emails, it's still important that your ISP is secure as well. With a satellite connection beaming up to some random and unknown spot in the sky from your office it's quite difficult to imagine some hacker being able to intercept this laser beam.

Now that you're more educated and have a well-rounded approach to the benefits of satellite internet for your business you can do the additional research and make the decision for yourself. What Internet Provider are you using for your business? How do you keep all of your confidential business data secure?

Published on: Jan 31, 2015