• • • The German Agricultural Society (DLG) has tested a stationary satellite dish installation
Providing the population with fast internet in the industrial sector is a highly discussed topic on the news. In large parts of rural areas, download rates of 25 Mbps or more are still nothing more than wishful thinking. Even when fast internet is theoretically available, farmers, whose farms are located at the edge or outside the residential areas, often receive only small bandwidths. The reason for this is that a large part of the internet speed is lost at the “last mile” due to signal damping. Looking at broadband expansion, isolated farms regularly have to bear the development costs of terrestrial, cable-based broadband access.
In these cases, a wireless internet supply via satellite DSL can close this gap. To this end, the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e. V.) has tested the operational behaviour of a suitable hardware solution from Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, consisting of a satellite dish, an interactive LNB and a professional DSL modem, and has collected important performance data. The award of the quality seal “DLG APPROVED” confirms standard ping times as well as upload and download rates far exceeding the requirements of the DLG Examination Board. The performance has been assessed in a long-term test over three months. The system allows for a geographical allocation via the IP address and thus access to country-specific offerings; the power consumption is at 26 W with 230 V supply voltage.