Viasat Extends Thank You to Military as Presenting Partner of PGA Farmers Insurance Open Patriots' Outpost
La Jolla, CA – January 9, 2014 Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), an innovator in satellite and other wireless networking systems and services, will be hosting active duty military men and women at the Farmers Insurance Open as the Presenting Sponsor of the Patriots’ Outpost, one of the premier locations for watching the PGA tournament. The Century Club of San Diego will also be using Viasat Exede® Enterprise satellite services – technology also used by U.S. military personnel – for networking tournament operations.
The Patriots’ Outpost is a private chalet both dedicated to and exclusively available for Active Duty military and their dependents. The Outpost is located on the 14th hole at Torrey Pines Golf Course with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Local heroes are provided complimentary food and beverage as well as a great vantage point to watch the action unfold on one of the closing holes of the tournament.
“Our company roots are in military satellite communications and network security so we have a deep appreciation of the extraordinary job that our service men and women perform every day,” said Rick Baldridge, president and COO of Viasat. “We’re looking forward to showing our gratitude for their service at one of the signature San Diego events of the year.”
Exede® Enterprise is a turnkey business networking service with the capacity and flexibility to support anything from a large network to a single user. Powered by Viasat-1, the most powerful communications satellite ever launched, it delivers high-speed IP access instantly, even in locations without terrestrial networks. Virtually any location can be connected with service available on-demand anywhere within the nationwide Exede service footprint. The Century Club will use a number of the small, portable Exede terminals – similar in size to a home satellite TV dish – to provide wireless Internet and other communications networking during the PGA TOUR event.
“In the past, wireless networks were costly and not always reliable across property for our communications. Dropping temporary cable is costly and inefficient. Exede service has already provided us with cost-effective connections and no downtime. The mobility of the system allows us to expand its use on-course throughout the PGA TOUR event,” said Peter Ripa, Farmers Insurance Open CEO.