San Diego Carlsbad-based Viasat Inc. rolled out broadband internet service on its Viasat-2 satellite during the last days of February, billing it as the fastest satellite-based home internet service across the nation.
Download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second are available with the service, said Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT). That is up to 10 times the speed of a DSL connection, and it qualifies as broadband. Viasat said it is offering an unlimited service plan.
Arianespace launched the Boeing-built Viasat-2 satellite from South America on June 1. The asset is projected to have a useful life of 14 years.
In addition to the lower 48 states, the new satellite provides coverage to a good deal of Canada, all of Mexico and Central America, as well as the northwestern region of South America. The satellite also reaches major shipping and air routes of the North Atlantic.
Viasat is now preparing a series of even faster satellites, dubbed Viasat-3, which are expected to go into service starting in 2020.
In other Viasat news, the company announced it is teaming up with Telebras, Brazil’s state-controlled public telecom company, to bring high-speed internet to unserved (and underserved) communities in that country. Viasat is providing the ground network and infrastructure. The partnership is using a Telebras satellite that was launched in May.