Man beams in his internet from satellite over Africa because his broadband in Wales is too slow

4 August 2017

Internet

A man from rural Wales has been forced to get his internet from a satellite above Africa because his broadband speed is so slow.

Professor Christopher Spry, 79, who lives in Heol Senni in the Brecon Beacons, paid £620 for satellite broadband, beamed down from above the Democratic Republic of Congo, via Luxembourg.

He runs a community website and uploads nature videos and weather reports, but was finding the task too difficult with basic downloads speeds of about 500Kbps.

Because his 3G coverage in Wales is also intermittent, he decided to turn to a satellite 22,000 miles above Africa for help.

He told the BBC it is ‘an astonishing technological achievement’.

A spokesman for BT said: ‘Heol Senni is in scope to benefit from the scheme and work to provide access to superfast broadband to this rural community is anticipated to be completed in the early autumn.’

The satellite broadband doesn’t come cheap, however – Professor Spry pays £420 a year for its download speeds of up to 28Mbps.

A retired professor of immunology, he also pays £250 for BT broadband, used as a back-up if the satellite signal is blocked by heavy rain or snow.

‘I’m interested in what’s going on in the world, I’m a very inquisitive person, I’m asking questions all the time and I need to know so the web is a wonderful resource for all of us who need to know what’s happening,’ he said.

His internet signal travels about 50,000 miles from a satellite dish in his garden to the ASTRA 2F satellite and back, via a firm in Luxembourg.

‘It really makes all the difference in the world, without it I think my life would be quite difficult up here… but it does need a satellite 24,000 miles above the surface of the earth over the Congo – it does seem ridiculous doesn’t it,’ he said.

Source: Yahoo News