25 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Avanti Communications, the UK-based satellite operator, has signed a two-year contract with Viasat, the global communications company, in a deal worth $10 million.
Under the terms of the agreement Viasat will get leased
capacity on a steerable beam as part of the newly launched
Avanti HYLAS 4 satellite.
"Partnering with Avanti will give
us access to steerable Ka-band satellite coverage and capacity
to further enhance connectivity services for global government
applications on Viasat’s Best Available Network.
We expect easy integration of the HYLAS 4 satellite capacity
into our global network—enabling us to quickly bring
capacity to where our customer demand exists," said Ken
Peterman, president of government systems at Viasat.
The HYLAS 4 "will provide high speed connectivity to our
growing customer base across broadband, enterprise, carrier and
government customers", said Avanti. The satellite will double
the capacity of its existing fleet and will cover at least 35
As a result of the partnership early this morning, Avanti
shares climbed 19.9% to 5.88p on the London Stock Exchange.
Avanti’s contract with Viasat reflects the
winning qualities of our HYLAS 4 satellite. This is a
confirmation that our new carrier strategy helps operators to
increase addressable markets and drive customer satisfaction
without additional satellite and launch capex spend,"
added Kyle Whitehill, CEO
of Avanti Communications.
Viasa recently launched a satellite-enabled Wifi hotspot
service called Community Wifi to most of Mexico. The new
offering will bring affordable Wifi directly to
consumers’ devices in areas where traditionally
internet connectivity was unavailable.