Press Release

Sep 16, 2010



ViaSat Release v9.2 LinkWayS2 Software Adds Communications-on-the-Move and Network Control Options


CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept 16, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has released new software enhancements for its LinkWayS2(TM) satellite network system that adds mobile communication capabilities and network control center operating system options. This new software release, available for all fielded LinkWayS2 systems, provides new features for communications-on-the-move (COTM) and gives users the option of operating the LinkWayS2 Network Control Center (NCC) using either a Linux-based or a traditional Solaris(R)-based operating system. The majority of LinkWayS2 modems used in U.S. DoD networks are expected to transition to the v9.2 software over the next few months.


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The new LinkWayS2 system features complement the ViaSat global, ArcLight(R)-based Yonder(R) mobile service by adding mobility for full mesh networks, and provides customers with another mobile system option to fit their individual applications, network traffic requirements, and host platforms.


The LinkWayS2 system is the preferred choice of military tactical command and control satcom networks and is used in a variety of programs, including WIN-T, SNAP, RHN, DKET, SWAN, and numerous others. For these applications, the direct terminal-to-terminal connections of the LinkWayS2 system provide better operational flexibility compared to hub-spoke satellite systems. In numerous, concurrent at-the-halt and on-the-move network demonstrations, the full-mesh LinkWayS2 system has proven its superior performance compared to other MF-TDMA systems in terms of latency, jitter performance, and throughput rates. Coupled with its DVB-S2 overlay feature, customers can benefit from the fastest and most flexible IP satellite network available.


"Our large installed base of customers using LinkWay S2 can now incorporate mobile nodes into their networks. This software update is available to fielded LinkWayS2 modems via an over-the-air upgrade. We are continually working to add valuable new features through software upgrades so customers avoid the costs and logistics of replacing hardware in the field," said Phil Chacon, director of the C4I Satcom business segment at ViaSat.


The LinkWayS2 modem represents the latest generation of LinkWay system in a strong lineage of LinkWay modem products, offering backwards compatibility with legacy modems, and also forward looking capabilities and features that the U.S. DoD desires, including DoD-approved TRANSEC, increased transmission throughput rates, and advanced modulation and Forward Error Correction using open standards-based turbo codes.


For more information or to purchase LinkWayS2 modems, email gov.satcom@viasat.com.


About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)


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. government; 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, California, ViaSat includes a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.


Forward-Looking Statements


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, including statements that refer to DoD transition to the new software and future software enhancements. 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 continued turmoil in global financial markets and economies; the availability and cost of credit; the ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new products and enhancements; 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.


LinkWayS2 is a trademark of ViaSat Inc. ArcLight is a registered trademark of ViaSat Inc. Solaris is a registered trademark of Oracle Inc.


SOURCE ViaSat Inc.


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