Even with the rise of smartphones, and faster Internet connection, many parts of the world remain disconnected. Remote regions in particular - mountainous areas, far-flung rural settlements, nearly uninhabited islands – are cut-off from the rest of the world because terrestrial communications infrastructure are impossible to build in such locations.
Satellite communications is usually the best alternative for remote regions. On many occasions, trying to build fibre or cable is not only difficult, but also detrimental to the geography of a region. Minimal structures are needed when using satellites, and many times, they can be conveniently deployed anywhere.
Governments are understanding now more than ever how important wireless communications is on an economic level. Costs are dramatically reduced when you can connect with the rest of the world without needing to travel. In areas where conventional mobile communications technology cannot be applies, satellites are the ideal solution.
One use of satellites is the development of online education. Internet access has revolutionized the way we take in information today. Not only is the cyber world offering diverse sources of information, it also makes it more accessible. Satellite broadband, for example, can be installed in schools found in villages and remote communities, allowing students to connect with the rest of the world. If teachers find it difficult to travel to the said regions, the technology allows for online lectures since it can support video, voice and data streaming as well. Online modules can be developed that complements the unique qualities of satellite broadband.
VSAT and teleport coverage is increasing making this system even more plausible and feasible. Providing students with access to the world wide web empowers them. Satellite broadband is making this a reality in the remote parts of the world.