ViaSat Supplies Smart Digital Communications With LinkStar Broadband VSATs for Expansion of Internet Access in Malaysian Schools

Jun 15, 2004, 01:00 ET from ViaSat Inc.

    NORCROSS, Ga., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViaSat Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   VSAT) is supplying a LinkStar broadband satellite communications
 network to Smart Digital Communications Bhd in Malaysia to provide high-speed
 Internet Access to more than 1,500 schools.  The LinkStar VSAT (Very Small
 Aperture Terminal) network is the first broadband satellite network of its
 kind in Malaysia, and once the remote terminal installation is complete --
 planned by the end of August -- the network is expected to become the largest
 VSAT network in the country.  The value of the contract for ViaSat is
 approximately US $4 million.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030602/VSATLOGO)
     Smart is partnering on the project with Malaysia's second largest ISP,
 Jaring, which has more than 800,000 subscribers nationwide.  The new satellite
 network is part of the Malaysian government's National Broadband Plan, a joint
 effort by the national ministries of education, telecommunications and
 finance.  Initially targeted at high-speed Internet access, possible future
 additions include distance learning and Voice-over-IP, plus expansion to other
 government agencies.  The LinkStar network hub is located in Kuala Lumpur.
     "This project is extremely important to the government of Malaysia, and
 thus we need a broadband technology platform that is mature and very high in
 performance," said Khairuddin Abd Rahman, president and CEO of Smart.  "ViaSat
 LinkStar technology is meeting all our goals and also is providing us with a
 strong technology roadmap for future growth and development."
     "This project will showcase our LinkStar broadband VSAT for Internet and
 distance learning applications in the Asia Pacific region.  We are also proud
 to lend an active hand in deploying the prestigious Schoolnet program of the
 Malaysia government, connecting more than 1,500 schools by satellite in a very
 short period of time," said Feroz Khan, regional director of sales in
 Southeast Asia and India for ViaSat.
     LinkStar is a hub-based VSAT system that provides efficient broadband
 communications for Internet access, enterprise networking, retail operations,
 distance learning, and other multimedia applications.  Remote LinkStar
 terminals receive data from a shared, 60 megabit-per-second (Mbit/s) broadcast
 from the access hub, and can transmit back to the hub at up to 2.5 Mbit/s.
 Dynamic bandwidth allocation increases or decreases data rates on-the-fly for
 better service and more efficient use of bandwidth.  LinkStar hubs and remote
 terminals are compliant with the digital video broadcast (DVB) international
 standard.  Since its introduction in September 2001, approximately 20,000
 LinkStar DVB-RCS-ready terminals have been shipped worldwide.
 
     About Smart Digital Communications
     The SMART Group of companies, based in Selangor, Malaysia, consists of
 Smart Digital Communications Berhad and its subsidiaries, Smart Broadband
 Satellite Sdn. Bhd. (SBSSB), and Smart Cellular Sdn. Bhd.(SCSB).  Apart from
 its cellular infrastructure provider role, the company also focuses on
 satellite communication applications such as high-speed Internet access,
 interactive distance learning, and interactive TV.  By utilizing satellite as
 a platform, the system bypasses the bottlenecks associated with the
 terrestrial infrastructure.  Smart provides high-speed internet access via
 satellite to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and to various SMIs, SMEs, and
 business corporations through its marketing partners, Via Communication
 Network Bhd (VCN) and Jaring.  For more information go to
 www.smartmalaysia.com.
 
     About ViaSat
     ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other wireless communication
 products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any
 location.  ViaSat has a full line of VSAT products for data and voice
 applications, and is a market leader in Ka-band satellite systems, from user
 terminals to large gateways.  ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and
 Norcross, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Clarksburg, MD.
 Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Washington DC, Australia,
 Italy, China, and India.
     In addition the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, US Monolithics, designs
 and produces monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and modules for
 use in broadband communications.  USM is based in Chandler, Arizona.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     Portions of this release, particularly statements about the installation
 of the Smart network and capabilities of the LinkStar system, may contain
 forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks
 and uncertainties.  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, 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
 telecommunications industry generally.  The Company refers you to the
 documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, specifically the section titled Factors That May Affect Future
 Performance in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other
 important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.
 Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
 these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which
 they are made.  We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any
 forward-looking statements.
 
     Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc.
 Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT
 Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation.
 
 

SOURCE ViaSat Inc.
    NORCROSS, Ga., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ViaSat Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   VSAT) is supplying a LinkStar broadband satellite communications
 network to Smart Digital Communications Bhd in Malaysia to provide high-speed
 Internet Access to more than 1,500 schools.  The LinkStar VSAT (Very Small
 Aperture Terminal) network is the first broadband satellite network of its
 kind in Malaysia, and once the remote terminal installation is complete --
 planned by the end of August -- the network is expected to become the largest
 VSAT network in the country.  The value of the contract for ViaSat is
 approximately US $4 million.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030602/VSATLOGO)
     Smart is partnering on the project with Malaysia's second largest ISP,
 Jaring, which has more than 800,000 subscribers nationwide.  The new satellite
 network is part of the Malaysian government's National Broadband Plan, a joint
 effort by the national ministries of education, telecommunications and
 finance.  Initially targeted at high-speed Internet access, possible future
 additions include distance learning and Voice-over-IP, plus expansion to other
 government agencies.  The LinkStar network hub is located in Kuala Lumpur.
     "This project is extremely important to the government of Malaysia, and
 thus we need a broadband technology platform that is mature and very high in
 performance," said Khairuddin Abd Rahman, president and CEO of Smart.  "ViaSat
 LinkStar technology is meeting all our goals and also is providing us with a
 strong technology roadmap for future growth and development."
     "This project will showcase our LinkStar broadband VSAT for Internet and
 distance learning applications in the Asia Pacific region.  We are also proud
 to lend an active hand in deploying the prestigious Schoolnet program of the
 Malaysia government, connecting more than 1,500 schools by satellite in a very
 short period of time," said Feroz Khan, regional director of sales in
 Southeast Asia and India for ViaSat.
     LinkStar is a hub-based VSAT system that provides efficient broadband
 communications for Internet access, enterprise networking, retail operations,
 distance learning, and other multimedia applications.  Remote LinkStar
 terminals receive data from a shared, 60 megabit-per-second (Mbit/s) broadcast
 from the access hub, and can transmit back to the hub at up to 2.5 Mbit/s.
 Dynamic bandwidth allocation increases or decreases data rates on-the-fly for
 better service and more efficient use of bandwidth.  LinkStar hubs and remote
 terminals are compliant with the digital video broadcast (DVB) international
 standard.  Since its introduction in September 2001, approximately 20,000
 LinkStar DVB-RCS-ready terminals have been shipped worldwide.
 
     About Smart Digital Communications
     The SMART Group of companies, based in Selangor, Malaysia, consists of
 Smart Digital Communications Berhad and its subsidiaries, Smart Broadband
 Satellite Sdn. Bhd. (SBSSB), and Smart Cellular Sdn. Bhd.(SCSB).  Apart from
 its cellular infrastructure provider role, the company also focuses on
 satellite communication applications such as high-speed Internet access,
 interactive distance learning, and interactive TV.  By utilizing satellite as
 a platform, the system bypasses the bottlenecks associated with the
 terrestrial infrastructure.  Smart provides high-speed internet access via
 satellite to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and to various SMIs, SMEs, and
 business corporations through its marketing partners, Via Communication
 Network Bhd (VCN) and Jaring.  For more information go to
 www.smartmalaysia.com.
 
     About ViaSat
     ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other wireless communication
 products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any
 location.  ViaSat has a full line of VSAT products for data and voice
 applications, and is a market leader in Ka-band satellite systems, from user
 terminals to large gateways.  ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and
 Norcross, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Clarksburg, MD.
 Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Washington DC, Australia,
 Italy, China, and India.
     In addition the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, US Monolithics, designs
 and produces monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and modules for
 use in broadband communications.  USM is based in Chandler, Arizona.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     Portions of this release, particularly statements about the installation
 of the Smart network and capabilities of the LinkStar system, may contain
 forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks
 and uncertainties.  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, 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
 telecommunications industry generally.  The Company refers you to the
 documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, specifically the section titled Factors That May Affect Future
 Performance in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other
 important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements.
 Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
 these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which
 they are made.  We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any
 forward-looking statements.
 
     Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc.
 Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT
 Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation.
 
 SOURCE  ViaSat Inc.