Outernet speeds

The Outernet folks have announced speeds of 2400 baud for a worldwide internet free for anyone using satellite coverage much like today’s GPS systems run 24/7 without subscription helping millions of people and businesses too. But Outernet doesn’t really operate like an internet wi-fi connection, it is primarily a broadcast only application.

Much as GPS data is used by your receiver, which calculates the distance from each satellite itself, no information is sent from terrestrial devices to the satellites by Outernet users. An Outernet surfer does not have the option to send the system a specific ‘request’, i.e. it’s nothing like the internet as we know it.

The Outernet is more like a radio station. When tuned to the Outernet, you will receive the news, as they see fit to broadcast. That’s not to say that protocols can arise to overcome this limitation. The Outernet will easily be received, as it’s been proposed, by any wi-fi device, but probably by using the Outernet application. The conventional Safari browser on your iPhone might well have nothing to do with this application.

What may be a part of this application is a link to the SMS capabilites, and at some time the Outernet application will send a request back to the Outernet servers from your device which includes your device’s ipv6 address to the Outernet, which then could possibly be aimed back to your device with conventional protocols.

Short of the conventional request/response architecture of current internet usage, the Outernet application will be more of a news reader, scrolling data with news, weather, sports and the current price of hog bellies directly to your phone, whether you have a cell signal or not.