You can see the bit rate here: http://status.outernet.is/ It is a 90kbps downlink with pre-determined content. (The speeds could be increased if they paid more to the providers. The tuners are capable of receiving much more)
An interesting idea was if this was on an amateur geostationary satellite. The soon to be launched amateur one over Europe/Africa will probably have a beacon or carrier, but what if that carried the outernet data. The receiving dishes would need to be bigger (depending on bit-rate error correction). That would instantly give 1/3 world coverage with uplinking possible (uplink would need 10 watt 2300Mhz amplifier) The uplink sharing could be controlled by the downlink. I am not sure a HF return channel would scale,
Coverage and frequencies here: http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/ It is designed to handle DVB-S downlinks are per Outernet standard.
On 01/03/2016, Robert Bruninga [email protected] wrote:
Global Ham channel?
We should find someone to work with the OUTERNET folks to add an amateur radio channel to their downlink. Their satellites could provide connectivity to 99% of amateur radio operators on earth. In addition, Ham Radio can bring to OUTERNET an uplink capability that they currently don't have. And the uplink can be from the same remote areas where there is no service...