A satellite launched by Japan's space agency is designed to provide high-speed Internet connections to lesser-served areas of the country and the region, reports BBC News.
The joint venture between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will provide broadband connections to homes with download speeds of up to 155 megabits per second and upload speeds of 6 megabits per second, faster than cable or DSL. Small dish antennas, similar to those used for satellite TV service, will be required to receive the signal. A commercial service at up to 1.2 gigabits per second also will be offered, requiring a larger dish, according to Network World.
The satellite will also serve as an Internet backup network should a major earthquake -- or other disruption -- take down its main service.