Viasat satellite internet plans use the ViaSat-1 or ViaSat-2 satellites. Newer Viasat unlimited internet plans with download speeds up to 50 or 100 Mbps are hosted on the ViaSat-2 satellite, a geostationary satellite that operates in the Ka-band frequency. Viasat internet plans with download speeds up to 12 Mbps or 25 Mbps are likely to be hosted by the ViaSat-1 satellite, the first Viasat high-capacity Ka-band satellite.
The beauty of Viasat satellite internet is that it is available at almost every address in the United States. While a Viasat satellite beam reaches most locations in the U.S., different areas are served by different beams, and advertised speeds vary accordingly. The best way to determine what Viasat internet plans are available at your home or business is to call and speak with a Viasat sales rep.
What Satellite Is My Viasat Plan On?
If you have a Platinum 100 Mbps Viasat plan, it’s a safe bet that your internet is delivered via the ViaSat-2 satellite launched in 2017. If you have a Bronze 12 Mbps Viasat plan, you probably get internet from the Viasat-1 satellite. Either way, you can count on reliable internet service from Viasat.
Viasat utilizes geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites, such as ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2, because they offer bandwidth that can be refocused to serve underserved areas. At a time when other companies are focused on launching large numbers of small low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites with limited reach, Viasat is nimble in shifting bandwidth to where it is needed.
In 2021, Viasat is expected to launch the first of three satellites that will make up the ViaSat-3 constellation. When all three of the third-generation Viasat satellites are operational in 2022, Viasat satellite internet will be available around the globe.