Internet access via amateur radio waves?

Hello

I got a friend living in a remote island in the South Pacific, Vanuatu. The Internet access is limited to 48kb.

He didn't want to disturb the natural area with a satellite dish. Is it possible to get a faster Internet access using amateur Radio waves.

If possible, any clue on how it could be implanted.

Any idea on how he could get a faster Internet access ( not using an outside satellite dish).

Any help will be appreciated

M.Theriault

Montreal Canada

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  • Bob
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    There's a technical problem. Internet access requires a lot of "bandwidth". An Internet provider services many users. So they needs a huge amount of "bandwidth".

    That means the Internet providers use very high frequencies, higher than most amateurs use, and not capable of long distance travel on the Earth's surface. They don't bend like "short wave" radio signals.

    Either they use a satellite (the high frequencies go far in a straight line), or in industrialized areas (clearly not applicable here), an array of local antennas, much like cellphones.

    Traditional "short-wave" radio is not used for Internet access. Not enough bandwidth.

  • 4 years ago

    We do have this, and have had it for years. It isn't cheap. There is a guy who was riding around the world on his bike, and his bicycle had a satelite dish on it that used microwaves to stay on-line the whole time he was bicycling. As you point out, many people today have wireless internet in their homes. Some communities have setup public wireless internet in various parts of their city. Even where this is not public, often people have their wireless router setup insecurely - I once saw a map of New York's Central park detailing where you can get a wireless signal. Lastly, you can get a broadband card from various cell phone providers these days.

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