A while back we started a series on satellite internet technology and services around the world and started with Japan. It only seems fair for us to continue this series with our next destination being the UK. The satellite internet technology in the UK seems to be very close to that which is offered in the United States. As a matter of fact some of the service providers are even the same. The majority of us are most likely familiar with Hughesnet, which is a satellite internet service provider here in the United States. Hughesnet also provides service to areas in the UK through other companies such as ETHNET by allowing them to use part of its technology to provide its own satellite internet service. BeyonDSL is another company that provides residential satellite internet service to areas throughout the UK. They offer one-way as well as two-way internet access. However, the one-way service incorporates a standalone BSM-2 box with just a simple Ethernet cable that needs to be connected to your PC or network equipment. This greatly reduces the possibility of software problems that can often arise from the satellite receiver. BrownstoneIT primarily focuses on offering enterprise services to larger companies that, although comes with higher speeds and more functionality, also comes with a higher price tag. This company is unique in that it offers custom VoIP and video conferencing services to its customers as well, which are services that are traditionally very difficult to offer through a satellite solution. Avonline Plc is another residential service provider that operates very similar to BeyonDSL. Around the middle of next year WildBlue is also expected to begin providing services to the UK as well as other parts of Europe. These expansions will follow the launch of its new satellite also scheduled for next year. The entrance of WildBlue into the UK market should significantly raise the bar for satellite internet performance within the country.