CARLSBAD, Calif., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has expanded the coverage of its Yonder® high-speed internet service over Brazil and the surrounding region. The StarOne C1 satellite is providing the bandwidth and a ViaSat regional teleport has been installed and commissioned in Rio de Janeiro. The new region of the network is operational for maritime and aviation customers of the Yonder network.
"The added coverage in South America automatically becomes available to our Yonder service customers, so all aviation and maritime customers can now benefit from this expansion," said Don Buchman, ViaSat director of Mobile Broadband. "We continue to expand our Yonder network, region by region, and remain on target to complete the full deployment of the network by the end of 2012."
The combination of ViaSat airborne high-speed Internet equipment and Yonder data and voice service provides passengers with a high-speed, office-in-the-sky experience that is on par with the latest in home and office IP network applications and services. The VMT-1500 airborne terminal features ViaSat-patented ArcLight® technology that uses a very small, lightweight antenna, but enables large antenna performance.
The Yonder network, which ViaSat began building in 2007 with partner KVH Industries Inc., delivers a typical user experience for airborne customers of 1-2 Mbps of data to the aircraft, and up to 512 kbps data from the aircraft. Yonder service is enjoyed today by operators of Gulfstream GIV, GV, G450, and G550 aircraft; Bombardier Global Express and Challenger aircraft; Cessna Citation X aircraft; and the Boeing BBJ. KVH offers its comparable mini-VSAT service over the same network to commercial vessels, private yachts, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to virtually 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 and products to the U.S. and allied governments; is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services; and owns WildBlue, the premier Ka-band satellite broadband service provider. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. Based in Carlsbad, Calif., 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 that refer to the full deployment of the Yonder network. 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 defense 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 and Yonder are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.