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ViaSat and Eutelsat team up on Ka-band satellite coverage

ViaSat Inc. (ViaSat) and Eutelsat have partnered on an agreement that will enable service access and roaming on each other’s high-capacity satellite networks which include KA-SAT for Eutelsat and ViaSat-1 for ViaSat.

Both Ka-band networks, which are claimed to represent over half of all Ka-band capacity on orbit worldwide, share the same high-capacity satellite ecosystem, enabled by the ViaSat Broadband system, along with other ground infrastructure owned and operated by Eutelsat and ViaSat. The resulting high-capacity service area will span North America, Europe, and the Mediterranean Basin. Customers will be able to operate an array of fixed and mobile services including in-flight connectivity.

The agreement also includes provisions for future satellites and follow-on technologies as they complement current Eutelsat and ViaSat High Throughput Satellites. This includes ViaSat-2, scheduled for launch in 2016, which is designed to cover a broader footprint in North America, Central America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and the North Atlantic.

“This formalises another step towards covering the high traffic areas of the world,” commented Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. “Extending our long-standing relationship with Eutelsat enables us to provide the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi available on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“Working with ViaSat, we can extend to North America the high quality of service we already provide clients in Europe through KA-SAT, and bridge the two satellite systems with the addition of ViaSat-2,” said Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat chairman and CEO. “We believe this feature will be a real plus for companies providing mobile services and who need to move around user equipment from region to region.”

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