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ISP Satellite Internet Replace Costly UK Setup Fee with Rental Payments

Thursday, Mar 6th, 2014 (2:31 pm) - Score 759
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Broadband provider Satellite Internet, which delivers its service via the SES (ASTRA) platform of spacecraft, has followed the example of some rival ISPs and launched their own optional “low-cost equipment rental scheme“. The new method effectively replaces the large one-off setup cost with a monthly rental payment of £12.50 on a 24 month contract.

The providers related terminal equipment set comes complete with a Dish with Az/El mount, Transceiver, Satmodem, 30m RF cable between Transceiver and Satmodem, Ethernet cable to connect to a computer or router, 240v mains power supply and CD documentation.

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In other words, you still have to pay for the kit but instead of doing that in a lump sum you can now spread it out over the course of two years, which makes for quite a sizable service rental when added to the package cost. Crucially the standard activation and installation costs still apply, which means there’s another one-off cost of around £200 or more to setup.

Mike Locke, SI’s Managing Director, said:

With our new equipment rental scheme we hope to make satellite broadband more accessible to new customers and get more of the UK connected. We pride ourselves on offering a fast and reliable service harnessing the power of Astra Connect from SES Broadband Services.

Our service can be used anywhere in the UK, as long as the user can have a dish installed to their property with a clear view of the southern sky in much the same way as you would expect with TV services. It’s a great alternative solution for those who live in remote locations where terrestrial broadband isn’t a viable option. Our new, affordable rental scheme is another step towards finally breaking down the digital divide which still very much exists in the country.”

It should be noted that £12.50 * 24 Months = £300, which means the service is now even more expensive because you could otherwise take the equipment for just £229 on a much shorter 12 month contract. We imagine the extra cost is to cover the ISP’s risk in handing over expensive equipment on a rental basis.

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