March 16th, 2011
ViaSat + ABS... Yonder Hither (SATCOM)
ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) and Asia Broadcast Satellite have entered into a multi-year agreement to provide Ka-band satellite service in key areas of the Middle East using the ABS-7 satellite. The bandwidth will be used for fixed and mobile satellite services as a part of ViaSat’s continuing expansion of its Yonder® mobile satellite network from global Ku-band coverage to growing Ka-band coverage in key international markets. ABS-7 (formerly Koreasat-3) provides 600 MHz of Ka-band capacity suitable for mobile broadband services, cellular backhaul, VSAT services, and US/NATO government requirements in the Middle East. The Yonder mobile broadband service is one of ViaSat’s fastest growing segments, serving business jets, maritime vessels, and government and defense customers around the world. The mobile global network offers higher speeds, lower airtime pricing, and greater bandwidth availability than other mobile services through smaller and lower cost terminals than conventional mobile Ku-band VSAT systems. Ka-band extends the benefits of the network even further, offering more attractive airtime pricing and even higher speeds.