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VSAT network economics: a comparative analysis

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1 Author(s)
Sharma, R. ; TeleSyne Inc., San Jose, CA, USA

The economics of virtual circuit services offered through very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks are examined and compared with terrestrial alternatives. It is shown that VSAT networks are cost-competitive with terrestrial networks at around $300 per month per VSAT. For HUB costs in the range of $100000 the VSAT network can be cost-competitive for networks as small as 100 VSATs. Networks smaller than 100 VSATs are not cost-competitive, because the space segment cost becomes a dominant cost contributor.<>

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Communications Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 2 )