We’ve long aimed to connect the world. In February, we announced details about our Viasat-3 constellation, a trio of satellites that will make that global promise a reality. These satellites will also let us expand our services in the U.S.
The new satellites will deliver very high download speeds. The Viasat-3s can serve 100+ megabits per second (Mbps) broadband to any home in the world. That means the ability to stream 4K ultra-high definition video to anyone, anywhere. Not only will residences that have never before had internet have an affordable, high-speed connection but our platform will also give city dwellers a choice in internet providers.
Commercial airlines, business jets and government aircrafts will receive hundreds of Mbps to each aircraft and up to 1-Gigabit per second (Gbps) for maritime, oceanic and other applications.
The first Viasat-3 satellite is planned for launch just two years after Viasat-2, which is scheduled to launch during the first quarter of 2017. The second Viasat-3 satellite will be launched by 2020. These satellites, already in development with Boeing, will focus on the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Each Viasat-3 satellite will offer more than 1,000 Gbps of bandwidth.
One of the greatest innovations of our Viasat-3 satellites is the ability to move resources to where customers are located dynamically. “One of our key design criteria for Viasat-3 was to have the flexibility to allocate bandwidth resources efficiently over very broad geographic areas, while still being able to focus it on very small ones,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, Viasat during the third quarter earnings call. In other words, need more capacity in Rio to live stream the 2016 Olympic Games? We’ll ramp up the bandwidth supply for the bandwidth need.
Here in the U.S., users won’t have to wait for Viasat-3 to get an improved or new service. Coverage ramps up in mid-2017 with Viasat-2. Arianespace will launch the satellite from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, with launch anticipated in the first quarter of next year.
Viasat-2 will expand geographic reach seven times, across the continental U.S. and into Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Central America. The satellite will also cover air and maritime routes across the Atlantic to Europe.
The potential for new markets and improved service will expand again with the Viasat-3 satellites helping millions of people access the internet.
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