ViaSat to Launch Ka-Band Satellite to Deliver Significantly Higher Speeds and Bandwidth Rich Internet Media Services to U.S., Canada & Europe
ViaSat announced plans to build and launch ViaSat-1, which is expected to be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite. With the market demonstrating high demand for satellite broadband services, ViaSat-1 is designed to significantly expand the quality, capability and availability of high-speed broadband satellite services for U.S. and Canadian consumers and enterprises. Compared to current Ka-band broadband satellites, the ViaSat-1 satellite, optimized to work in conjunction with ViaSat’s next generation SurfBeam networking system, is expected to increase the amount of capacity by more than a factor of 10.
ViaSat-1, will be built by Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications Inc., with a launch planned for early 2011. The satellite is a collaborative effort with top satellite broadband leaders in the market including Loral, Telesat and Eutelsat. Loral is investing in the Canadian coverage portion of the satellite in anticipation of Telesat using this capacity for the provision of broadband services throughout Canada. The satellite is planned for the Telesat 115 West longitude orbital slot as part of the agreement. Telesat will provide telemetry, tracking & control (TT&C) operations for the satellite
ViaSat-1 is the North American counterpart to Eutelsat’s recently announced KA-SAT, a high capacity Ka-band broadband satellite for Europe planned to launch in 2010. ViaSat and Eutelsat are cooperating closely around ViaSat’s Ka-band SurfBeam networking system and a common wholesale business model to offer service through ISPs, telecommunication companies, and direct-to-home television providers to serve subscribers. Both projects are focused on providing satellite and teleport infrastructure.
The announcement marks a major leap forward in the provisioning of advanced broadband services via satellite. The system is designed to provide a range of speeds that extend well above the median for cable and DSL at retail pricing the same as existing satellite services. Total throughput is designed to be over 100 Gigabits per second.
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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