Anyone thinking of satellite internet should read a few of the SkyMuster & SkyMesh threads on whirlpool.net.au before they decide.
I'd recommend waiting several months yet as NBN is having big problems. Maybe as late as Christmas.
Because of these excessive problems the phones are overloaded & it's taking a day or 2 before call backs. So if you can't get thru that's why. It's worth remembering that the RSPs are resellers & they've turned into a complaints department for NBN.
I was lucky, my installation went well on 21st May.
My modem made an excessive high pitched noise but this was changed within a few weeks.
NBN wanted us to keep the modems on permanently. This of course is ridiculous for a lot of people the satellite was built to service.
They've fixed that now.
However, lots of people are having problems with installers not turning up, not completing the job, telling people to call their RSP (ISP) to get activated when it's automatic.
Internet connections failing. Outages. Problems with router settings.
As for providers, I'd only ever heard of Activ8me & SkyMesh 5 months ago.
I chose SkyMesh because of their customer service, which is highly unusual. Paul Rees the owner of SkyMesh has a high presence on the Whirlpool SkyMesh threads & NBN/SkyMuster threads. Even at midnight. Another rep Aaron us there answering queries as well. Also a lot of tech knowledgeable people offering advice. It's Australian owned with their base in Brisbane, so you're talking to someone who understands your circumstances.
I don't know much about the other companies. I think Aussie Broadband is Australian owned, but their call centre is overseas.
Hope these following links can help.
Here's the current page on the SkyMuster thread
This is the SkyMuster thread
This is the SkyMesh customer thread
There's a few more incidentals I could comment on, but this is enough for my introductory post.