We have satellite internet at our house (as does most everyone in our rural area) and the speed is said to be “up to 12 Mbps with 10 GB usage/month”. But it is expensive, and I recently learned the our landline phone carrier has a “copper line” internet service available through our phone line at a lower cost, but the Mbps is only 1-- yes, 1 Mbps with unlimited usage/month! QUESTION: Is 1 Mbps enough to operate our RW cells? Is 1 Mbps enough to do anything?
1 Mbps is more than enough for a VOIP call on Republic (it should be better than the high latency satellite connection)
I can confirm (first-hand experience) that it will work fine over 1mbps DSL (actually 1m down/500k up ADSL). That is, of course, subject to “local” (as in other users in your house) congestion. If someone is streaming high-bitrate audio and/or any video (SD or, if you’re really lucky, 720HD) it could result in less than ideal performance, but otherwise is more than adequate for telephony.
As the others have said, voice streams are very small and the codec that Republic uses can adjust bitrate on the fly, allowing for VERY small pipes. 1Mbps is big enough for multiple streams at once, no issue. The satellite on the other hand will likely not provide satisfactory service.
From the horses mouth.
You need about 80kbps both ways to hold a call. Streaming video or downloading large files all use bandwidth, so your mileage may vary if you receive calls and watch Netflix at the same time..