Viasat is trying to do something that has never been done before, give everyone around the world accessibility to internet and make it affordable.
There are many rural and urban areas all around the world that have not seen the impact that high quality broadband can make on their community. This is what Viasat is currently working towards with their new technology. Viasat’s new high capacity satellite systems are designed to grow with increased global broadband demand, which will cause faster speeds, enhanced reliability, and better quality.
Satellite internet is the most economical and sustainable way to supply the world with high-speed, high-value connectivity services that will transform how the world communicates. Everyone around the world will gain new economic development opportunities through advances in agriculture, healthcare, and education, especially those who are closed off from the world by not having access to the internet. This isn’t just for countries who don’t have access to internet currently, but it also helps those who are in the best of situations for network connectivity, like in America. Americans will be able to learn more about cultures and people groups who weren't able to express their culture through the internet before.
Viasat became the record-holder for the highest capacity satellite in the world when it launched ViaSat-1 into space on October 19, 2011. The ViaSat-1 was a geostationary satellite that helped introduce a new kind of high capacity Ka-band satellite systems. This new satellite brought a capacity ten times more than any previous Ka-band satellite. It also made delivering streaming media to customers in the air, in the sea, and on land. This satellite also brought the cost per gigabyte down by a large amount to make it only a fraction of others in this category. After this satellite was in place customers had more of a choice in their internet provider since the satellite was able to compete with traditional broadband internet services.
On June 1st, 2017, the ViaSat-2 satellite was launched. This satellite was created to advance global connectivity beyond what cable, fiber, wireless or traditional telecom could offer by bringing high-speed internet to places where people in North America couldn’t get it. This second generation high-capacity satellite brought broadband services to Central America, the Caribean, a section of northern South America and more sections of North America. There were improved speeds, reduced costs and it was degined to offer high-capacity connectivity with wider coverage. This satellite also brought around 260 Gbps of network capacity which made it the highest capacity communications satellite globally. ViaSat-2 had a wider coverage of seven times the broadband size of ViaSat-1 satellite and it was able to move its capacity to meet end-user broadband demand. With the increase of capacity ViaSat-2 was able to increase its broadband speed up to 100 Mbps.
ViaSat-3 is the ultra-high capacity satellite platform of the future. It is a highly-advanced global constellation of three separate geostationary satellites. The first satellite that will launch in 2021 is to give coverage to North and South America. The second satellite is to launch six months after that and is to cover Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The last satellite to be launched will cover the Asia-Pacific area.
All three satellites are to supply over 1 Tbps, or 1,000 Gbps of total network capacity that can deliver affordable, high-speed, high quality internet. It is expected that this new constellation of satellites will have approximately 8x the capacity of Viasat’s current satellite fleet combined. When fully operational, this new system will be able to move bandwidth around the world to wherever it is needed most. With this ability to bring supply to demand around the world these satellites can bring affordable satellite-enabled wifi to billions of people who don’t have access and deliver speeds of 100+ Mbps for residential internet. This will also enable U.S and Five Eye militaries to leverage artificial intelligence and any other secret technology over a highly resilient network.