Today's edition of The National (UAE) reported on the launch of Yahsat's second satellite Y1B. Yahsat provide commercial and government satellite services to the Middle East and Africa. The main commercial purpose of Y1B will be the provision of broadband internet dubbed YahClick.
This connectivity will be offered from $20 per month for the slowest connection. There will be a hardware requirement in the form of a satellite receiver and other hardware which can cost $400 to $800. The hardware costs seem a little steep in comparison to broadband routers, but if the monthly costs could be kept competitive then the investment might be worth it for consumers in the long run.
The South African operator is Vox Telepreneur. I know nothing about them, but checking their website they seem to offer some pretty competitive broadband, so it will be interesting to see how they approach this opportunity they have taken on board. In a country starved of reasonably priced, uncapped, fast internet the opportunities are ripe for the picking.
These services will be available from October from Yahsat and I am not sure whether Vox will be offering a service from then. I, for one, will be interested to see what develops. I am open to correction, but I think that satellite internet has been available in SA for some time, obviously with little success. A well thought out product could change all that and throw a cat among the pigeons in the battle for internet hungry consumers' Rands.