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April 4th, 2019

Partnership Between Viasat and Expedition Communications for Satellite Internet in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Expedition Communications have created a partnership to deliver high-speed satellite internet to businesses and government agencies across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Through this relationship, Expedition Communications will sell, install, maintain and provide customer support for Viasat’s high-quality satellite internet service across the islands. Viasat has satellite internet coverage over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with its ViaSat-2 satellite, the world’s most advanced high-capacity communications satellite.

Viasat’s satellite broadband speeds are faster than many of the islands’ current telecommunications services. By using Viasat’s business internet service, many of the islands’ businesses and government organizations can reliably connect critical business applications such as cloud-based collaboration, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), email, point-of-sale transactions, high-speed file transfers, streaming video, Internet of Things (IoT) applications and more.

The Viasat business internet service can also be used as a diverse business continuity back-up service, providing a resilient secondary internet connection for businesses who can't afford to have downtime related to terrestrial infrastructure outages. In fact, Viasat and Expedition Communications paired up after Hurricane Maria to provide critical disaster recovery connectivity to clinics throughout Puerto Rico, as seen in this video.

Viasat’s satellite internet plans for enterprises, businesses and government initiatives in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are now available through Expedition Communications.Expedition Communications has a regional office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with on-island technicians getting businesses up-and-running quickly, with a typical three-day call-to-install setup.

Dean Eldridge, CEO of Expedition Communications, said that all businesses, regardless of where they decide to set-up operations, should have access to a quality internet network. By collaborating with Viasat, the company is enabling businesses to adopt technologies that were previously unavailable to them. Viasat’s advanced satellite system is helping organizations be competitive and connected–across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands–enabling them to expand the types of business applications they can use.

Cody Catalena, VP and GM, Global Business Solutions at Viasat, added that in working with Expedition Communications, the company is able to support the expanding economies of both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Viasat can provide businesses on both islands an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of satellite internet — with speeds, reliability and affordability that keep a business running — continuously, even when other communication services are down.