UK schools will be offered Internet access at four times the speed of ISDN, but at a fraction of the cost this autumn.
Internet service provider Voss Net will launch Internet access via satellite in September, initially aimed at schools, but also available to small and medium sized businesses.
Voss Net's 'Internet in the sky' service will charge schools just £20 per month for Internet download at over 600Kbps. Schools must install a satellite dish, PC receiver card and use a dialup connection for sending files and emails.
Businesses will also be offered the service, although pricing will be "a bit more realistic" for commercial customers, according to Jeremy Gilbert, a consultant at Voss Net.
The service is being provided via a deal with Luxemburg based Europe Online using the Astra satellite. Europe Online is expected to enable upstream connections on the service in a couple of months.
Voss Net already has a foothold in the school market, through a free ISP service it runs for techers, pupils and governors. Voss Net claims to have around 500 schools signed up for the service.
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