The first step to making any business decision is learning the facts. But when it comes to choosing a business internet service provider, the facts aren’t always clear-cut. That’s why we’re busting a few myths about satellite internet for business. Today’s satellite internet isn’t just a viable option for basic connectivity – it’s a full-featured communications solution for hard-to-reach businesses just about anywhere.
Myth 1: Satellite internet is only for rural businesses.
Truth: Available to 96 percent of the U.S. population, satellite internet has proven to be a good option for hard-to-reach businesses just about anywhere, including suburban and urban sites stuck on old land-based networks or competing for bandwidth on overloaded cell towers.
Myth 2: VoIP doesn’t work with satellite internet.
Truth: Viasat Business Internet prioritizes VoIP applications, so most VoIP services work well right out of the box. Viasat also offers Viasat Voice, a full-featured voice service built from the ground up to run over satellite.
Myth 3: For most businesses, satellite internet is just a backup connection.
Truth: With speeds and features that rival or even surpass traditional DSL and T-1 business services, satellite internet can and does work as a primary connectivity solution for thousands of businesses. In fact, the majority of Viasat’s business customers use satellite internet as a primary connection.
Myth 4: Satellite internet is prone to weather outages.
Truth: Normal weather such as light rain has a minimal impact on satellite internet. During severe weather, Viasat networks are carefully managed to keep customers connected. While outages are possible under extreme circumstances, customers are more likely to notice only a temporary dip in speeds – if anything.
Myth 5: Satellite internet dishes look bad and are a hassle to install.
Truth: The Viasat Business Internet dish measures just 30 inches by 28 inches and can usually be installed unobtrusively on the roof or side of a business – or even on a pole nearby. In most cases, installation is completed within 3-5 business days of the order being placed.