CARLSBAD, Calif., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to customer requests, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) is adding two premium classes of Yonder® high-speed Internet service for business aviation. The new services – Yonder Premium and Yonder VIP – will provide higher data rates, compared to current Yonder service, new quality of service assurances, and enhanced network operations and field engineering customer support. These higher levels of service, along with the rollout of a 60 percent increase in capacity for the worldwide network, will provide an improved customer experience for high bandwidth consuming applications such as multimedia streaming and video teleconferencing.
Beginning in summer 2013, aircraft operators will be able to select from three distinct airborne Internet service levels offered through monthly subscriptions designed for predictable flight department budgeting:
- Yonder Internet for web browsing, e-mail, VoIP, and office applications.
- Yonder Premium for multimedia streaming and video teleconferencing, in addition to web browsing and office-in-the sky applications.
- Yonder VIP that is designed to support a high number of Internet connections and simultaneous multimedia streaming sessions or video teleconferences for transport-category aircraft.
"After years of experience in providing satellite service to general aviation and government aircraft, we recognize the need to expand our services. We're keeping pace with the proliferation of always-connected devices now making their way on board," said Paul Baca, VP/GM of ViaSat Global Mobile Broadband. "These new Yonder services are one example of our commitment to giving customers the flexibility to choose systems and services that fit a variety of customer communication profiles."
Yonder VIP service is enabled by expanded ViaSat business aviation terminal options, including the VMT-1524 shipset for transport-category aircraft. The VMT-1524 uses a fuselage mounted antenna that can deliver higher speed data to the aircraft. Yonder and Yonder Premium services are delivered through the VMT-1500 shipset already installed on over 200 large cabin business aircraft, as well as government and military aircraft operating around the globe.
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 2,300 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity 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 employs over 2,700 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations.
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 the new premium services being available in summer 2013, higher data rates, new quality of service assurances, 60 percent increase in capacity, enhanced network operations and field engineering customer support. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat's satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; negative audits by the U.S. government; continued turmoil in the global business environment and economic conditions; delays in approving U.S. government budgets and cuts in government defense expenditures; ViaSat's reliance on U.S. government contracts, and on a small number of contracts which account for a significant percentage of ViaSat's revenues; the ability to successfully develop, introduce and sell new technologies, products and services; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat's products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications and defense industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat's ability to sell products and services; ViaSat's level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; ViaSat's involvement in litigation, including intellectual property claims and litigation to protect proprietary technology; and ViaSat's dependence on a limited number of key employees. 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.
Yonder and Exede are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.