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The modem world


Your feature on communications links (NCE last week) contains some interesting data on transmissions speeds. However, is it representative of the current situation?

I use a 56k modem dialup connection and expect to get data throughputs of 15-20MB/hour, which is about five times faster than the feature suggests. And if I am not happy with that, I can sign up for a broadband 512k connection for about £40 a month.

That is not to say that there is no place for the satellite system. It is useful to know that this option exists for locations where a suitable fixed line connection is not available or convenient, but it is misleading to suggest that the satellite system is substantially faster than the alternatives.

John Ratsey (M), 56 Okebourne Park, Swindon

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