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What is VSAT?

VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a small satellite dish that provides a permanent connection to the Internet throughout SA without the need for a telephone line. VSAT is a logical solution for those that cannot get adequate Internet access via telephone lines, or that fall outside of the ADSL footprint.

VSAT is a compact and cost effective satellite solution for Internet access. It makes use of a small dish (1.5m), which needs a clear, unobstructed view to the northern sky. The satellite dish and the satellite unit (which is kept indoors) are connected via two standard coaxial cables.

Telkom supplies the physical infrastructure. They have 2 main services on offer, namely the SpaceStream Express and the SpaceStream Office.

You can make and receive calls - these are charged at standard Telkom call rates. All Internet access is included in your monthly fee to your ISP. Upon completing the application with Telkom for the VSAT line, the system should be installed within 10 working days.

You need:

  1. to sign a contract:  a minimum 12 month contract with Telkom upon applying for the service has to be signed;
  2. an account with an ISP:  iSAT offers this service for only R280 per month and require one month written notice for any cancellations.

Benefits of iSAT's VSAT service

  1. No cables that can be cut or stolen.
  2. Available in rural and remote areas where other Internet infrastructure may be limited.

VSAT pricing

VSAT
R280.00 p/m

VSAT access medium (4 IP Addresses) pricing

SpaceStreamExpress
64 Kbps Download
16 Kbps Upload
500 MB Monthly limit
Internet / Data
No Voice Lines
550.00 p/m*
R3100.00* Installation Fee
SpaceStreamExpress
128 Kbps Download
32 Kbps Upload
1 GB Monthly limit
Internet / Data
No Voice Lines
700.00 p/m*
R3100.00* Installation Fee
SpaceStreamOffice
64 Kbps Download
16 Kbps Upload
500 MB Monthly limit
Internet / Data
Up to 4 Voice Lines
680.00 p/m*
R2808.40* Installation Fee

VSAT access medium (8 IP Addresses) pricing

SpaceStreamExpress
256 Kbps Download
64 Kbps Upload
2 GB Monthly limit
Internet / Data
No Voice Lines
1000.00 p/m*
R3100.00* Installation Fee
SpaceStreamExpress
512 Kbps Download
128 Kbps Upload
3 GB Monthly limit
Internet / Data
No Voice Lines
1270.00 p/m*
R3100.00* Installation Fee

*Please note:  These figures are approximate.  For specific information please visit the SpaceStream section on the Telkom web.