CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new network that offers continuous, high-speed connectivity for VIP and other high-value aircraft traveling to international locations has begun operation with multiple global flights. The exclusive, private network from ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) provides higher grade service compared to other options, with guaranteed access and data rates. The airborne broadband service covers CONUS, the North Atlantic, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Africa.
Applications such as email, video teleconferencing, messaging, access to government and public networks, mapping and mission planning are common to these airborne missions, but the broadband experience on the ViaSat network is similar to DSL or cable service. This dedicated network guarantees access and data rates in excess of 6 Mbps to the aircraft and 500 kbps from the aircraft using airborne antennas as small as 30 cm. Based on the new ViaSat ArcLight® 2 mobile satellite system, the new in-flight system offers unprecedented efficiency and access for critical government missions.
"Airborne satcom presents unique system requirements as the aircraft crosses geo-spatial boundaries and traverses fixed satellite beams," said Gary Johnson, director of ViaSat Airborne Networks. "These flights proved the high performance of our network with seamless transitions between multiple satellites and between the dedicated network and our worldwide commercial Yonder® network, demonstrating redundancy and failover capabilities as well."
"This is part of our vision to provide government users high-performance, high data rate networks and services for airborne routes across the globe," added Paul Baca, GM of ViaSat Global Mobile Broadband. "It augments our Yonder service, which shares Ku-band satellite capacity with general aviation, maritime, and high-speed rail applications."
ArcLight terminals are flying daily ISR missions on hundreds of U.S. Government aircraft, accumulating over 500,000 flight hours.
About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)
ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede® by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; service to more than 1,750 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile Internet; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cyber security products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat has established a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about mobile broadband performance, data rates, efficiency and access. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the communications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
ArcLight is a registered trademark of ViaSat Inc.
Yonder is a registered service mark of ViaSat Inc.
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.