Deployed military personnel, government agencies, contractors, universities, Internet Cafes, and local Iraqi businesses are among the many subscribers who use this service successfully every day.
It really is that simple!
Before you start selecting a satellite ISP, there's some ...
Basic service information ......that you need to know. Virtually all individual and small business satellite links use shared bandwidth technology, not only in Iraq but around the world.
This means that subscribers with similar service requirements often share common segment space on the satellite to access the Internet. Dealers do this to maximize the satellite operating capacity and provide service at a reasonable rate.
Accordingly, the number of subscribers sharing the same segment space is expressed as a ratio known as the service contention. A contention ratio of 20:1, indicates that a given subscriber may share the same segment space with up to 20 other subscribers.
Naturally, the lower the contention ratio, the better the service with less chance of slow downs or interruptions. However, low contention ratio service comes with a premium of higher monthly subscription costs. So, ...
For most situations, small business operators and Internet Cafes will find that service packages with a 10:1 contention ratio provide smooth operations with few interruptions, while small office, military and individual subscribers can receive equally great service with 20:1 contention ratio service.
Bottom line ...
Avoid satellite services with contention ratios of 25:1 or greater. The service will be too congested, slow, and unreliable. It may be cheaper, but in the end you will be frustrated, disappointed, and very unhappy with the service.
A word about satellite latency...
It's the time delay caused by the distance a transmission signal has to travel up to the satellite and back limited by the speed of light. Since most communications satellites are located in a geostationary orbit 35,786 Km above the Equator, you can expect a delay, on average, of about 240 to 280 milliseconds.
Depending upon where your service location is in relation to the Equator, latency may be as much as 1/2 second, resulting in a time lapse during communications.
However, some providers, who use D-Star and iDirect technology, also utilize Performance Enhancement Proxy software in conjunction with these systems to boost link acceleration. This minimizes the effect of latency overall. It is important to remember that ...
Nothing is more essential to good Iraq satellite service than ...
Finding a reliable internet service providerAnd, you should not make your decision based on price alone. Because...
some Internet Service Providers operating in the Middle East advertise low-cost, high speed internet access via satellite. As carrier costs are generally fixed to the provider, low-cost internet access is usually only possible if the provider oversells segment space on the satellite to maximize profits.
Take a look at the contention ratio. Usually it will be greater than 25:1.
Guess what? ... This practice sacrifices service at the subscriber's expense. Ultimately, too many subscribers sharing the same bandwidth segment on the satellite leads to overcrowding which causes service slow downs, congestion and impaired service.
Really, what good is cheaper internet access if you can not use the service when you need it; or, the speed is just not delivered as advertised?
Quality will always be a top priority for any reliable ISP offering Iraq satellite service, and this is clearly reflected in lower contention ratios offered in their service packages, along with 24/7 customer service and tech support for its subscribers.
In order to accomplish this, monthly subscription costs may be a bit higher than some competitors, but the end result is broadband satellite service that works.
Good providers will also offer internet service without limitations (unlimited downloads and uploads), no long term service commitments, and no hidden fees. This is important for all subscribers, especially the soldiers and military personnel deployed at various locations around Iraq.
An often overlooked, but very important feature is a local provider presence in Iraq. It is an important factor for quick satellite system distribution, installation and repairs, as needed.
Iraq satellite service providers, who are committed to providing excellent service, continually update their operating systems as new technology becomes available. Some even offer an immediate spare parts replacement service.
Equally important for dependable Iraq satellite service is ...
Buying the right VSAT equipmentBuy a reliable system that will deliver the communications solutions that you require. After all, it does no good to buy an expensive system that has features you will never use. Conversely, it isn't beneficial to buy a cheap system either, and discover that you're stuck in the middle of the desert with lousy equipment that doesn't work well.
For most subscribers of Iraq satellite service whose requirements may include broadband internet access, emailing, webcam use, and single line satellite VOIP telephone service, the best equipment choice is the D-Star satellite system. Why? It's very efficient, scalable and highly dependable, and it costs a little under $2,000. plus shipping & handling charges.
D-Star is a 2-way,
The D-Star satellite system for Iraq satellite service consists of a small, lightweight, Linkstar terminal unit (pictured above) and a 1.2 meter dish antenna.
Since most internet usage involves more downloading than uploading of data, you will find that most providers offer greater download speeds with their service packages.
The best way for individuals to save money on satellite equipment, installation, and monthly subscription costs is to form a network group of pten or more users.
An excellent resource for anyone located in Iraq interested in correctly pointing their satellite dish antenna for optimum signal strength and service can be found at SatSig. Their satellite dish pointing calculator can be used for VSat and satellite tv dish pointing.
The instructions are clear, concise, and easy to follow with an extensive list of satellites, as well as, latitudinal and longitudinal information for some commom locations around Iraq. A great resource for the do-it-yourself satellite system installer!
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