While mobile network coverage and mobile hotspots are getting more common, there are places in the world, like that remote island escape, that cellular signals can't reach. It is for such emergencies and more that Iridium and Globalstar are outing their new mobile hotspots that deliver the Internet via satellite.
A British satellite company called Surrey Satellite Technology is working on a nano satellite that uses off-the-shelf consumer technology to save money. Traditional satellites can cost millions of pounds apiece to build whereas Surrey says that its nano satellites can be built for hundreds of thousands of pounds each. That is a massive savings and to reach that low-cost not only of the satellites small, but they use your average consumer technology.