Blue Skies at Last

By eweek  |  Posted 2001-09-10

Tachyon, another pioneer in high-speed satellite access, already offers downlink/uplink speeds of 164Kbps/ 300Kbps to 256Kbps/2Mbps. Leasing bandwidth on existing space-based infrastructure, Tachyons services ( are resold in the United States by small and midsize ISPs like NeTrack and Infocom. Smart Partner evaluated the Tachyon service for six months in late 2000 and early 2001.

Our initial experiences were mixed, but after some tweaking here and there we were finally able to reap the rewards of Tachyons service. In some instances, we found that the service was significantly faster than the stated 2 Mbps. While the company guarantees the 2-Mbps downlink rate, it doesnt put a cap on the bandwidth. As a result, at some times, our bandwidth approached 6 Mbps. We got used to very fast connectivity and were sorry to have to return the Tachyon Access Point and antenna to the company.

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