[LINK] The NBN, as re-imagined

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Nov 5 08:37:26 AEDT 2016

On 03/11/16 18:09, Narelle wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> Iridium, ORBCOMM, Globalstar, Thuraya and Inmarsat offer low speed
>> satellite data services for such applications. ...
> But the cost of that could be despicable ...

My dollar a day estimate included contract and start-up costs.

> ... more than a small status message ...

The application was controlling a water pump. That should not need more
than a few bytes of data a day.

> ... original poster wants is a reliable installation
> time when they said they'd do it.

Iridium, ORBCOMM, Globalstar, Thuraya and Inmarsat low speed data 
services are designed for use with hand-held equipment, which does not 
require installation.

It would be interesting to see what scope there is for producing a 
user-installable NBN satellite ground-station. NBN is using dish 
antennas which have to be carefully positioned and connected to a 
separate electronics box. But there are flat plate antennas which do not 
need such precise positioning and have the electronics built in.

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