High-Capacity Satellite System
Transforming Satellite Broadband
The demand for broadband by satellite is indisputable, as is the worldwide growth in bandwidth demand among broadband customers. Total global bandwidth consumption is doubling every two to three years.
January 16, 2012 marked the official launch of a new era in satellite broadband IP services as ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world, started providing commercial services over North America. The new high-capacity ka-band system is transforming the economics and quality of service that satellite broadband can provide:
- Competing with DSL, mobile wireless for fixed use, and cable – 40% of new subscribers have other alternatives
- Added more than 100,000 net home service subscribers
ViaSat High Capacity Satellite System Can Deliver A Range of Broadband Services
In addition to the new residential Internet services, such as Exede® Intenet, the system is designed to significantly outperform previous satellite systems for commercial and government services. Customers are able to choose from a new family of terminals for enterprise, mobile, and portable applications.
The all Ka-band system combines the ViaSat-1 satellite and SurfBeam® 2 ground infrastructure. With 134 Gbps total throughput capacity, the new satellite system can serve the accelerating growth in demand for multimedia bandwidth for the next decade with these attributes:
- Continually improving bandwidth economics
- Economically deliver Internet multimedia
- More – and cheaper – bits in space
- 100 times the capacity of Ku-band
- 10 times the throughput of any previous Ka-band satellite
- In-orbit costs per Gbyte only a fraction of even the newest satellites in orbit
- Enabling service that is 8x faster than traditional satellite internet service, making it a better broadband choice than some terrestrial alternatives, including DSL at the edge of service areas (faster than average DSL speed according to a recent FCC Broadband study), mobile 3G wireless for fixed home use, and some cable systems
- ViaSat-1 to offer 12 Mbps download service packages to approximately 1 million subscribers
ViaSat Next Generation Satellites
Current satellite systems aren’t designed for the high bandwidth applications that people want, such as video, photo sharing, VoIP, and peer-to-peer networking. The solution is to increase the capacity and speed of the satellite. Improving satellite service is not just about faster speeds, but about increasing the bandwidth capacity available to each customer on the network to reduce network contention.
The transformational broadband services provided by ViaSat-1 is available to 70% of the U.S. population, including the most populated areas of Alaska and Hawaii. Combined with enhanced 5 Mbps service offered in areas within the footprint of ViaSat’s other satellite assets, a new generation of high-speed satellite IP will be available across all of the United States.
ViaSat-2 – Shattering the Coverage or Capacity Myth
With a planned launch in 2016, ViaSat-2 is designed to combine both deep, high-capacity bandwidth and wide coverage. Challenging the conventional wisdom that our system had focused on total capacity at the expense of wide area coverage, ViaSat-2 is designed to double the bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 and provide seven times the coverage area. This is our first big step in spreading high-capacity coverage worldwide for fixed and mobile broadband services.
Watch a demo of a browsing session using Exede Internet service on ViaSat-1.
Expanding Our Role as a Technology Supplier
We are expanding our role in the Ka-band satellite market, where we are already the leading technology supplier. Over the past few years we’ve assembled an exceptional group of technologies that make this innovation possible:
- SurfBeam®, the single most popular satellite CPE ever
- The leading Ka-band satellite ODU supplier
- DVB S2 SkyPhy® chips
- Network and application acceleration software
- Ka-band satellite antennas and gateway systems
- Satellite payload and system design
How to Buy
For information on home Internet service, visit www.exede.com.
See our ViaSat-1 Launch page for a recap of our successful launch October 19.
SF Examiner: Satellite Broadband May Finally Have Arrived
Ars Technica: Exede broadband services and SurfBeam 2 system at CES
The New York Times: Tapping the Web, 22,000 Miles Up
Mitigating the Effects of Weather on Ka-band High-Capacity Satellites by Jim Petranovich
Advanced Commercial Satellite Systems Technology for Protected Communications by Don Wilcoxon, ViaSat Inc.