As the year comes closer to end, we present the best satellite internet providers of 2017 based on what matters the most: speed. Then we consider options, amount of data, and fees. Now, one must remember that streaming from space means, well, less speed. But when it comes to sat internet providers, there are two major names in the industry: HughesNet and Exede Internet.
Now, one must remember that streaming from space means, well, less speed. But when it comes to sat internet providers, there are two major names in the industry: HughesNet and Exede Internet.
Let us take a look at 4 of the top satellite internet providers of 2017. Now, there is a reason why we mention that there are only two giants in the market and that is because HughesNet bought Earthlink and Exede Internet purchased Wildblue. Now, with no further ado, here is the list of top 5.
When it comes to internet speed, HughesNet steps far from its nearest competitor, Exede Internet. While Exede offers a bandwidth of 12 MBps HughesNet offers a speed of 25 MBps.
In 2016, the company offered, through its fourth-generation service (Gen4), a top download speed of 15 MBps. This year they came stronger with a top download speed of 25 MBps and upload of 3 MBps with its fifth-generation (Gen5) service.
But that is not it. HughesNet not only increased the speed of its cheapest plan, it did so without increasing the price, which is one of the reasons why it is here at the top of this list.
The first runner-up used to be the top one. But that changed in 2017 when HughesNet increases their speed. Exede Internet´s top speed is 12 MBps, offered in all the plans. Back in 2016, that posed some threat to HughesNet, but that changed with the company’s increase in speed.
Now, Exede does offer a 25 MBps upgrade but it is not readily available. If you find that the upgrade is available in your zip code, you have to pay an extra $10 to your plan. Does not sound like much availability.
DishNet has available plans for a variety of uses. These plans are basic, intermediate, and premium. They pretty much fit any budget. The base plan, for instance, gives users a download speed of 5 MBps and 1 MBps of upload. When it comes to data, the smallest offer is 5GB but you get a late-night bandwidth of 50 GB that you can use from 2 am to 8 am. They are not easy hours truly but they can help you catch up with downloads or with Netflix streaming.
Wildblue has the advantage of having the largest selection of plans so you will surely find something you like. But compared to other providers, it has significantly less bandwidth. On the other hand, Wildblue offers satellite internet coverage across the contiguous United States and Alaska and Hawaii.
Earthlink offers more anytime bandwidth than its competitors but the basic and premium plans only offer 1 Mbps for upstreaming. But you can still enjoy a higher bandwidth and satellite internet than any other service in your lineup. The basic and premium plans can offer a speed of 6 Mbps.