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August 01, 2013

FCC Grants License to ViaSat


By Raju Shanbhag SIP Trunking Report Contributor



High speed satellite Internet communications have changed the way inflight connectivity works. Passengers are now getting Internet speeds that are useful and affordable.

ViaSat Inc. has announced that the company has received authorization for a Blanket License Radio Station from FCC. This provides regulatory approval for airborne Ka-band services over all 50 U.S. states.


The license is for 15 years and it enables operation of the ViaSat Mantarray, a low-profile airborne antenna on the ViaSat Ka-band satellite fleet of ViaSat-1, WildBlue-1, and Anik-F2. ViaSat Exede In The Air is ideal for inflight broadband services. It makes sure that passengers are not left struggling for broadband space and provides enough space for every passenger.

This license from FCC is a step towards deploying ViaSat Exede In The Air in flights. According the company, various major airlines have already contacted it to deploy this technology in their airlines. JetBlue Airways is one such airline and this service is expected to get onboard this fall.

Exede Internet is powered by ViaSat-1 communications satellite. It provides download speeds up to 12 Mbps and according to the company, this is a far better experience than yesteryears satellite Internet experience.

“This is the first license of its kind in the world," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. "We're gratified to see the FCC recognizing that the advanced technical design of this equipment is compatible with the operating environment in which our other Exede services successfully operate. Now airlines, and their passengers, will have access to an unprecedented amount of bandwidth. We want to let everyone on board be connected at high speed.”

In 2011, the company partnered with Asia Broadcast Satellite to provide Ka-band satellite IP transit service. This service was intended to be offered in important areas of the Middle East using the ABS-7 satellite.




Edited by Ryan Sartor
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