Even in space, some neighborhoods are better than others.
A satellite’s location can impact the quality of your network. Identified by its longitude, a satellite’s location is also referred to as its orbital slot.
The orbital slot of the satellite determines the angle at which a ground antenna needs to be positioned to see the satellite, or “look angle.” Higher look angles provide greater reliability by improving the quality of the communication link. A higher look angle also allows more earth stations to communicate with the satellite.
On the other hand, low or shallow look angles may face obstructions from trees, nearby buildings, or other objects and are more subject to interference, particularly in heavy rain.