High-Capacity Satellite System
Viasat is on a mission to solve one of the hardest communications problems: make the internet accessible and affordable for all.
We recognize that globally, the economic impact of the internet on society hasn’t been fully realized yet, as there are still too many rural and urban communities without access to high-quality broadband. Viasat is working to change that. Our purpose-built, high-capacity satellite systems are designed to grow with increased global broadband demand—enabling faster service speeds, higher quality and enhanced reliability.
We believe satellite is a critical part of the broadband ecosystem—as it is the most economical and sustainable way to serve billions of people with fast, high-value connectivity services that will promote digital inclusion; transform how people communicate; and encourage new economic development opportunities—through advancements in education, healthcare, agriculture and more.
On October 19, 2011, Viasat launched the high-capacity era in satellite broadband with ViaSat-1, the record-holder for highest capacity satellite in the world when it launched. ViaSat-1, a geostationary satellite was Viasat’s first step in introducing a new class of high-capacity Ka-band satellite systems. It brought:
- Ten times more capacity than any previous Ka-band satellite;
- Economics that made delivering streaming media to consumers-on the ground, in the air and at sea-possible;
- In-orbit costs per gigabyte significantly down-making it only a fraction of other satellites;
- New opportunities for consumers to have choice in their internet service provider, as satellite internet was able to compete with traditional terrestrial broadband internet services; and significantly more capacity to market when compared to Ku-band satellites.
Launched June 1, 2017, the ViaSat-2 satellite was designed to advance global connectivity beyond what traditional telecom, wireless, cable or fiber could deliver by bringing the fastest satellite speeds to some of the hardest-to-reach locations in North America. This second-generation high-capacity satellite significantly improved speeds, reduced costs and expanded the footprint of satellite-enabled broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.
A geostationary satellite, ViaSat-2 operates in the Ka-band frequency and was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage. It brought:
- Approximately 260 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of total network capacity—making it the highest capacity communications satellite globally;
- Seven times the broadband coverage over its predecessor, ViaSat-1;
- Flexibility to move capacity to meet end-user broadband demand;
- The capability to deliver the fastest satellite broadband speeds at up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps); and
- The ability to provide the fastest satellite internet plans for remote businesses across the U.S. with speeds that were ten times faster than DSL.
The ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform is a highly-advanced global constellation comprised of three geostationary ViaSat-3 class satellites and complementary ground network infrastructure. The first ViaSat-3 class satellite will provide service to the Americas, the second ViaSat-3 class satellite will cover Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the third ViaSat-3 class satellite will deliver service to the Asia-Pacific market. Viasat expects to complete its global constellation launch program by the close of 2022.
Each ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to offer over 1 Terabit per second (Tbps)—or 1,000 Gbps—of total network capacity to deliver a global broadband network with enough bandwidth to deliver affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming services. The ViaSat-3 constellation is anticipated to have approximately 8x the capacity of Viasat’s current satellite fleet combined.
When fully-optimized, Viasat’s global constellation will be able to dynamically move bandwidth around the globe to where demand exists, in order to:
- Bring affordable satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi to the billions of unconnected people in emerging markets;
- Support thousands of commercial, business and senior leader government aircraft—at any given time—with hundreds of Mbps of data for advanced in-flight entertainment, connectivity and streaming services;
- Provide up to 1-Gbps speeds for use in maritime and enterprise applications, which is comparable to ground-based fiber optic network speeds;
- Enable U.S. and Five Eye militaries to leverage artificial intelligence and cloud-based and applications over a highly-resilient, assured network at the tactical edge; and
- Deliver 100+ Mbps speeds for residential internet and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services.
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