ViaSat Enters Global Internet By Satellite Race

viasat_logoViaSat has joined the list of companies planning to offer global broadband coverage. That might be very surprising. The big reveal is the number of satellite they plan to launch.

Is it anywhere near the 640 spacecraft that Greg Wyler’s OneWeb plans to launch?

No.

Or the 4,000 or so Elon Musk is considering for his network?

Not even close.

Try three. Yes, you read that right. Three. As in tres. Trois. Drei. The number between two and four.

“The ViaSat-3 platform is the next big step for ViaSat to fulfill its ambition of delivering a global broadband network with enough capacity to deliver more consumer choice with an affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming service,” ViaSat said in a press release. “The first two satellites will deliver more than twice the total network capacity of the approximately 400 commercial communications satellites in space today – combined.”

Work on the first two satellites is already underway with partner Boeing Satellite Systems. Those satellites, set for delivery in 2019, will be focused on the Americas and Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, respectively. The third spacecraft will service the Asia Pacific region.

ViaSat said the system would deliver 100+ Megabit per second (Mbps) residential Internet service, hundreds of Mbps of in-flight connectivity services and video streaming, up to 1-Gagbit per second (Gbps) speeds for commercial operations such as oil and gas platforms, and affordable satellite Wi-Fi connectivity to customers in emerging markets.

ViaSat also announced a joint venture with Eutelsat Communications that will combine “Eutelsat’s current European broadband business with ViaSat’s industry-leading broadband technologies and consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) business expertise.”

The full press release is below.

First Global Broadband Communications Platform to Deliver Affordable, High-Speed Internet Connectivity and Video Streaming to All

  • Each ViaSat-3 Satellite Offers Over 1-Terabit Per Second of Network Capacity — Equal to the Total Capacity of All Commercial Satellites in Space
  • Gives Consumers Choice In Internet Provider by Enabling 100+ Mbps Broadband

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 9, 2016 (ViaSat PR) — ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, continues to redefine the role satellite plays in the competitive broadband communications market with the introduction of the ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform – which is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites with state-of-the-art ground network infrastructure.

Work is underway with the first two ViaSat-3 satellites, with ViaSat starting work on the satellite payloads and Boeing Satellite Systems starting on the associated satellite bus platforms, expected for integration and delivery in 2019.

The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with a third satellite system planned for the Asia Pacific region, completing ViaSat’s global service coverage.

Delivering More Choice through More Network Capacity

The ViaSat-3 platform is the next big step for ViaSat to fulfill its ambition of delivering a global broadband network with enough capacity to deliver more consumer choice with an affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming service. The first two satellites will deliver more than twice the total network capacity of the approximately 400 commercial communications satellites in space today – combined.

The ViaSat-3 platform can serve more customer demand by:

  • Delivering a 100+ Megabit per second (Mbps) residential internet service, enabling 4K ultra-high definition video streaming;
  • Supporting each aircraft with hundreds of Mbps of in-flight connectivity services and video streaming for commercial airlines, business jets and high-value government aircraft;
  • Providing up to 1-Gigabit per second (Gbps) speeds for use in maritime, oceanic and other corporate enterprise applications such as oil and gas platforms; and
  • Offering affordable satellite Wi-Fi connectivity to the billions of unconnected people in emerging markets.

Technology with a Global Mission

ViaSat’s innovative satellite and ground technology provides unprecedented capabilities in terms of service speed, cost and flexibility. The platform:

  • Delivers more than 1,000 Gbps – or 1-Terabit per second (Tbps) – of network capacity per satellite to enable high-speed internet, including video streaming, at scale;
  • Leverages dynamic flexibility to continually direct capacity where customers are located – whether at home or on the move. With an estimated one half of the world’s population living on only one percent of the Earth’s land and the other half broadly dispersed, the ability to target capacity is critical to creating a true global broadband network;
  • Utilizes cloud technology for network processing and operations. By migrating portions of the network into the cloud, the platform advances and simplifies network infrastructure, improves system-wide reliability and reduces network capital and operational costs; and
  • Operates compatibly with ViaSat-2 class terminals, to extend coverage, improve transmission speeds and further reduce network capacity costs to a fraction of what they are today.

“The innovations in the ViaSat-3 system do what until now has been impossible in the telecommunications industry – combining enormous network capacity with global coverage, and dynamic flexibility to allocate resources according to geographic demand,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, ViaSat. “While there are multiple companies and consortia with ambitions to connect the world with telecom, satellite and space technologies, the key technologies underlying ViaSat-3 are in hand today, enabling us to move forward in building the first broadband platform to bring high-speed internet connectivity, including video streaming, to all.”

About ViaSat

ViaSat Inc. keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information follow the Company on social media:  FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

  • windbourne

    Apparently viasat got tired of waiting on spacex and moved their FH launch of viasat-2 to Airbus.

    I wonder how many more defections will occur.