ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world, is the first step in our development of high-capacity satellite sytems. With 140 Gbps total throughput capacity, the satellite is serving the accelerating growth in bandwidth demand for multimedia internet access over the next decade. The download and upload speeds available on ViaSat-1 are much faster than anything previously offered in the satellite industry, and are transforming the quality of satellite broadband.
The high-capacity Ka-band spot beam satellite covers North America and Hawaii, enabling a variety of new, satellite services beginning with Exede Internet in the U.S. and Xplornet in Canada.
In late 2013, the technology began delivering the fastest Wi-Fi in the sky to airline passengers aboard JetBlue Airways.
ViaSat-1 blasts off from ILS launch base in Baikonur on schedule October 19. The satellite entered commercial service on January 16, 2012.