High-Capacity Satellite System
Continuously growing demand for broadband is indisputable. Total global bandwidth consumption is doubling every two to three years. Our purpose-built, high-capacity satellite systems are designed to grow with that demand, providing more bandwidth capacity and throughput with higher internet service speeds, quality and reliability.
In 2012, we 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 was our first step for a new high-capacity Ka-band system architecture and 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.
Inspired to connect the world, Viasat set out to advance global connectivity beyond what traditional telecom, wireless, cable or fiber could deliver. This mission would lead Viasat on a journey to solve one of the hardest communications problems: making the internet accessible and affordable to all.
Launched June 1, 2017, the ViaSat-2 satellite was designed to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of 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.
ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it.
The ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites and ground network infrastructure. The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). A third satellite system is planned for the Asia-Pacific region, completing global service coverage.
The ViaSat-3 platform is the next big step for Viasat to fulfill its ambition of delivering a global broadband network with enough capacity to deliver more consumer choice with an affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming service. The first two satellites are expected to deliver more than twice the total combined network capacity of the approximately 400 commercial communications satellites in space today.
The ViaSat-3 platform is expected to serve more customer demand by:
- Delivering a 100+ Megabit per second (Mbps) residential internet service, enabling 4K ultra-high definition video streaming;
- Supporting aircraft with hundreds of Mbps of in-flight connectivity services and video streaming for commercial airlines, business jets, and high-value government transport;
- Providing up to 1-Gigabit per second (Gbps) speeds for use in maritime, oceanic and other corporate enterprise applications such as oil and gas platforms;
- Offering affordable satellite Wi-Fi connectivity to the billions of unconnected people in emerging markets.
Check out the full fleet here.