ViaSat Demonstrates Next Generation Satellite Broadband Service During the SATELLITE 2009 Show
Sunday, March 1, 2009
During the Satellite 2009 show, March 24-27, ViaSat Inc. demonstrated its next generation satellite broadband service with the highest speeds at the most affordable prices ever offered by the platform. The demo showcased what ViaSat believes should be the "benchmark” based on the quality and speed of broadband services called for by the Government broadband stimulus initiative.
With plans to launch in 22 months, ViaSat-1 is a next generation Ka-band broadband satellite that is designed to be the highest capacity payload ever launched into space. ViaSat-1 is expected to have more capacity than the combination of all other satellites in operation over the United States. Once operational, ViaSat-1 will offer 2-10 Mbps, or higher, download speeds at retail prices competitive with comparable terrestrial services. ViaSat-1 is the first of a new class of high capacity satellites anticipated to play an important role in the administration’s drive to stimulate the deployment and adoption of Internet broadband in unserved and underserved areas of the U.S.
According to ViaSat, the next generation technology demonstration, delivering speeds of 5Mbps on average, is proof that a satellite service, with the appropriate speed and bandwidth allocation, is actually better than most existing terrestrial broadband services – especially DSL and wireless. For the first time, satellite can support large video downloads, streaming HD, media rich Web sites, good quality VoIP, video chat, and gaming.
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company has five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, and JAST. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.
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