ViaSat Makes In-Flight Internet Service Effortless for Globetrotting Business Jets
LAS VEGAS: (NBAA-Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition - Booth # C7818) -- With the ViaSat-2 service launch set for 2018, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, is bringing in-flight connectivity solutions to market today that will help large cabin business jets easily transition to what is expected to be the fastest in-cabin internet service, with the most available data.
Today, ViaSat covers over 90% of the world's most popular flight routes using a combination of its global Ku-band and Ka-band networks. Following service launch on the ViaSat-2 satellite, ViaSat's global network will expand with additional high-speed connectivity available over North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean, which effectively bridges to the ViaSat Ka-band coverage over Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. ViaSat expects to have even more Ka-band coverage available in approximately three years, when its ViaSat-3 ultra-high capacity satellite platform begins service launch. The ViaSat-3 constellation is comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites, with the first two satellites providing Ka-band coverage over the Americas and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, respectively. A third ViaSat-3 satellite is planned for the Asia Pacific region. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to deliver more than 1-Terabit per second of network capacity, and to leverage high levels of flexibility to dynamically direct capacity to meet customer demand.
New Shipset Makes Connecting to the In-Cabin Internet Effortless
ViaSat is demonstrating its most advanced Ka-band business aviation solution - a fourth-generation satellite shipset, the Global Aero Terminal 5510, at this week's NBAA event. The shipset offers:
Fastest Internet Speeds: Modem capable of delivering up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) speeds to the aircraft, allowing business jet owners to take advantage of the advanced capabilities expected from ViaSat's current and next-generation satellite platforms.
Largest Data Allocations: Offering four new service plans - the Ultra30, Ultra40, Ultra60 and Ultra100 plans - with 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 100GB of data, respectively. All plans provide high peak speeds up to 16 Megabits per second (Mbps) regardless of plan type.
Enhanced Network Redundancy: Dual antenna installation, one for primary service and a second for back-up communications, provides a "best available network" service and ensures passengers and crew are virtually connected anywhere they travel. Competing solutions leave no room under the radome for a redundant connectivity solution.
Smaller Size: The shipset consists of only three LRUs, which does not require space in the baggage compartment, as the system was designed to be installed in the non-pressurized areas of the aircraft. Many competing systems require ventilated cabinets in the baggage compartment. With a smaller system there is less overall system weight, which can often translate into significant fuel savings.
Cost-effective IPTV (internet protocol television) Services: Offering access to popular live TV channels using the aircraft's internet system without using the purchased data plan. This service is a separately purchased plan, which can mean significant in-flight internet cost savings to the end-user and does not require a separate shipset for TV.
Future-Proofed Hardware to Meet Broadband Demand: Providing forward and backward compatibility, it's the only business aviation shipset that enables access to the ViaSat satellite network, from ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and the upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation.
The Global Aero Terminal 5510 shipset is available and expected to complete all certifications across airframe types beginning in the first half of 2018. OEM and MRO value-added resellers are signing up for the shipset today.
ViaSat Makes Migrating from Legacy In-Cabin Internet Systems Effortless
ViaSat has created a compelling migration strategy to provide a near-seamless transition to the Company's best in-cabin connectivity solution. The migration plan, which is available now, includes:
More Data, Faster Service, Same Price: ViaSat's current global Ku-band service plan offering will now include significantly larger data allocations - providing up to six times the amount of monthly data - and speeds up to 6Mbps, at very compelling price points. By providing more data and faster speeds customers can use 'office in the sky' applications, and migrate to ViaSat's Ka-band service package when it is right for them.