ViaSat Inc. signed up its first value-added reseller for its high-speed in-flight internet service for private jets. The reseller is Florida-based Satcom Direct, which will market it to operators of midsized and large private aircraft.
The service will become available in 2018.
ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) said its service is expected to be the fastest available for in-flight business jet internet service on the market, with the most available data. The businesses expect to deliver speeds of 16 megabits per second — roughly the same as the download speed of a mid-tier internet plan offered by one of San Diego County’s cable providers. U.S. regulators define broadband as a service that can download at least 25 megabits per second.
“With this much speed, business travelers can effortlessly stream media from any streaming media service to multiple user devices, VPN [virtual private network] into their corporate network, hold a high-definition (HD) video conference call, conduct a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) call, and browse the internet all at the same time,” ViaSat said in marketing materials.
Carlsbad-based ViaSat delivers the data on the Ka band, one of several satellite communication frequencies roughly analogous to TV channels. It offers redundant service on another band called Ku.
Satcom Direct has been reselling ViaSat services for almost 10 years.