Satellite broadband is currently better suited to some web-based functions than others, it has been suggested.
According to a new report from Ofcom, the customer experience enjoyed by satellite subscribers depends somewhat on their choice of online activity, reports ISPreview.co.uk.
For instance, satellite broadband tends to perform better than fixed-line connections for day-to-day web browsing, the media regulator said.
However, satellite struggles more with high bandwidth services such as online gaming and VoIP calling, Ofcom noted.
Consumers testing satellite broadband against the ADSL equivalent reported that the former performed "significantly worse" in these areas.
But for households and businesses in remote parts of the countryside, satellite broadband may represent their best chance of accessing reliable high-speed broadband in the short to mid-term.
The government is investing £530 million rolling out 2Mb broadband across rural communities, however many outlying properties are still likely to be excluded from fixed broadband networks beyond 2015.