Viasat, Infostellar enter global Real-Time Earth agreement
Viasat and Japanese Ground Segment as-a-Service (GSaaS) start-up, Infostellar, have signed a Real-Time Earth (RTE) agreement.
Under the terms of this agreement, Viasat will act as a market channel lead for Infostellar services in the US and in turn Infostellar will act as a Japanese market channel lead for Viasat's growing RTE network.
In addition, Viasat will become a preferred supplier of antennas for Infostellar's growing network of ground stations.
"Viasat is focused on changing how data is delivered from space. For example, our RTE solution increases the value of data by tapping into our global RTE antenna network that is strategically located worldwide to reduce latency.
“By aligning with Infostellar, we expect to drive the RTE industry forward as we grow our network in terms of locations, like in Japan, and cloud-based GSaaS capabilities," said John Williams, vice president of RTE services at Viasat.
Viasat's RTE network provides global GSaaS to the commercial and government earth observation and remote sensing communities. The RTE service offers affordability and reduced latency through automation and geographic diversity on a pay-per-use basis.
Additionally, Viasat's RTE service supports next-gen and legacy low earth orbit (LEO) satellites using the S-, X- and Ka-bands, which enables satellite operators to meet future data requirements.
"We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to join with Viasat in this cooperative RTE agreement. Our services and approach to the marketplace are very complementary and compatible, as are our diverse locations in key world markets.
“Having Viasat RTE as our market channel partner in the US, as well as our preferred supplier of ground stations truly positions Infostellar right at the centre of the growing global GSaaS market," added Naomi Kurahara, founder and CEO of Infostellar.
In related news, earlier this month Viasat confirmed that its chairman and chief executive officer Mark Dankberg has been appointed to the new position of executive chairman of the company.