27 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Viasat, the global satellite company, has announced the availability of the fastest satellite-based home internet service across US, with speeds up to 100Mbps.
As well as fast speeds the new
service offers unlimited data plans to its customers, giving
them more freedom and access to more online service, without
having to pay overage charges.
"We’ve upped the game for satellite internet by
delivering a new service that gives consumers what they want:
more data, faster speeds and better entertainment experiences
across all device types. Today’s service launch is
an important step forward in Viasat’s mission to
deliver faster internet anywhere," said Mark Dankberg,
Viasat’s chairman and CEO.
The new offering is powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite
system, which is claimed to be the most advanced,
highest-capacity communications satellite in orbit today,
combined with new innovations in satellite ground
"The innovations we’re making across our
satellite system allow us to do extraordinary things, from
moving the satellite industry up-market by delivering premium
services, speeds and plans that give consumers new choices in
their internet service provider, to helping bridge the digital
divide in the U.S. today," added Dankberg.
As the first satellite internet service provider to offer
speeds of 100Mbps, it is as much as 10 times faster than
typical DSL and surpasses the Federal Communications
Commission’s broadband definition of 25Mbps
In order for Viasat to offer data without overage charges,
the company says it is optimising video streaming, maximizing
ground network capabilities and flexing its
system’s data consumption capabilities to offer
more data and video viewing time at small screen, DVD or better
quality. This means that if a customer exceeds its monthly
data plan, the service will continue based on availability.
Eventually the company says it will enable ViaSat-2 services
for business and government as well as in-flight internet
connectivity on both commercial and business aircraft.
Viasat has already begun work on its next-gen high-capacity
satellite system, the ViaSat-3, which is expected to enable
high-quality, high-speed internet access for billions of people
and emerging markets worldwide. The ViaSat-3 system will offer
global coverage with only three satellites, each designed to
support over 1-Terabit per second of network capacity, further
expanding the reach of 100+ Mbps broadband access. The first
ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to go into service in 2020
for the Americas, with the second satellite for Europe, Middle
East and Africa expected to launch 6 months after. A third
ViaSat-3 class satellite is planned for the Asia Pacific region
In February Viasat signed an agreement to deliver next-gen
internet connectivity to a fleet of United Airlines (UAL)
aircraft. Viasat’s latest in-flight
entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system will be rolled out
to more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 of United's new
Boeing 737MAX aircraft.