Loxton Consultancy Ltd. offers services from two satellite operators - Avanti and Eutelsat, across Europe and the Nordics.
Avonline Broadband is the UK's largest provider of satellite broadband services. They have already connected over 10,000 customers to the latest satellite broadband services. Avonline Broadband is a division of Avonline plc, serving customers since 1981.
We offer several different satellite services that offer 15 or 22Mbps maximum download speeds and 2 or 6 Mbps maximum upload speeds. All satellite packages are "up to" services which means that speeds will vary depending on network usage by all customer. However, at Avonline, we offer customers on our Avanti service a Unique Service Promise which guarantees an average speed of 9Mbps averaged across all customers on a rolling 30 day basis.
You supply the computer; a trained installation engineer will install the satellite dish (outside) and connect it to a modem (inside) and also set-up your wireless router if you have purchased one from us.
No you do not.
In fact, if you wish, you can use your satellite broadband service to completely replace your BT landline service. You can also keep your existing telephone number and equipment if you purchase our low cost VoIP service.
Yes. By purchasing a wireless router, anyone at your location can access the broadband connection without needing to physically connect to the modem (hence "wireless"). For most people, this is the easiest way to facilitate multiple users accessing the service at the same time.
When you choose our professional installation service, we will ensure your wireless router, purchased from Loxton Consultancy Ltd., is correctly configured (at no extra charges) when we install your system to make sure it is both secure and working properly. We sell a range of wireless routers to suit all locations from smaller houses with one or two users through to larger properties with four or more users. If you tell us what you need to do, we can recommend the right wireless router for you -see.
Broadband means very simply, a high-speed connection to the Internet that is 'always on'. Satellite broadband can now deliver up to 22Mbps* download speeds across Europe.
* - Like all UK broadband services, all of the speeds quoted in our website are what is commonly referred to as “up to” speeds. You can access Avonline Fair Access Policy section at the foot of their webpage.
Yes - satellite broadband is available ANYWHERE in the UK (and mainland Europe as well) – it really is as simple as that. As long as there is electricity and you can see the sky, we can deliver fast broadband wherever you need it today.
We offer several different satellite broadband services with the widest range of data choices for consumer and business. What service or package you choose depends on what you will be using broadband for and how many people will using the system. Our standard consumer packages come with monthly data allowances that stretch from 5GB to 150GB. We also offer unlimited (uncapped) overnight options on selected packages. There are different choices for consumer and business alongside specialist industry specific solutions like broadcast and SNG.
If you are still unsure what package to choose and you would like some free, impartial advice, please call us on 07891 216529 during office hours and we shall be happy to help you.
Data usage really depends upon how many users use the service and what main types of online activity do they enjoy. It doesn’t matter whether you get this right or not at the start as we offer a 90 day no quibble, upgrade or downgrade service that’s free of charge.
|Download||GB Required||30GB per month - indicative usage per month|
|1 Music Album of MP4 files||0.05 GB||600 albums|
|30 minute streamed video eg. iPlayer/youTube||0.5 GB||60 episodes|
|Movie download (SD)||0.75 GB||40 movies|
|24 hours web surfing||1.0 GB||30 days of surfing|
|8 hours of internet radio||1.0GB||30 working days of online radio|
|100 x 8MP photographs||0.5 GB||6,000 photographs|
All satellite services suffer a small (0.7 second) delay known as latency, this has a varying impact upon different internet uses. This means that there are a few specialised uses where it is important to select the correct system for but other than that, there is not much difference between satellite and other broadband services.
In general, no satellite service is ideal for:
If you specifically need to do one or more of the above, we recommend that you call us for some advice before you make any decision and we are always happy to advise on such matters. See also the Technical section that has further information on latency.
Avonline have a web page dedicated to data management and fair access policies "Fair Access Policy" (“FAP”). The satellite operator may update these policies from time to time so Avonline will always hold current and legacy policies on this webpage for customers to access. Some of the more common questions are covered below.
Yes, each package has a monthly data allowance. Our packages have a fixed data allowance each month. Once you’ve used up your allowance for the month, your system effectively stops until the next month’s data allowance is credited to your account. If you do run out of data, you can buy booster tokens or upgrade to the next package – see below. You can check your usage level at any time via the Customer Portal. You will see 7 blocks greyed out representing 1 month’s usage. As you use data the block will change to blue, representing a seventh of your Data allocation.
Some packages also offer unlimited (or uncapped) data downloads during the overnight period (e.g. 00:00 to 06:00). If you have this feature, the data used during the qualifying period does not count towards your fixed monthly data allowance.
Depending on which satellite operator is providing your service, there may also be a Fair Access Policy ("FAP") which sets certain limits on how much and when you can use your data such that all customers have the opportunity of fair access to the service. See below.
If it applies to your service, the "Fair Access Policy" (“FAP”) sets out how the Satellite Operator controls the data passing through their satellite to allow the fairest access to all users. The FAP is implemented to prevent unfair use by a small minority of customers or for anything considered to be an unacceptable use of the network by the Satellite Operator.
The Fair Access Policy may change from time to time at the discretion of the Satellite Operator. Any customer whose usage exceeds the limits set by the Satellite Operator will be classed as a Heavy User and will see their speeds reduced during periods of high network usage until their usage drops back to average levels.
Usually the FAP applies to both upload and download traffic i.e. traffic volume is measured on both the inbound and outbound connection.
Usually, getting installed is a two to three hour process that is very straight-forward. Different methods of installation can be found at http://loxtonconsultancy.co.uk/loxton/methods.php