ViaSat signs Satcom Direct as VAR for Ka-band inflight internet

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ViaSat logoViaSat has expanded its current relationship with authorised value-added reseller Satcom Direct (SD), to offer its full suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems and services to large and mid-cabin business jets.

The new agreement adds ViaSat’s latest Ka-band business jet service to SD’s IFC portfolio, which already included ViaSat’s global Ku-band IFC service.

The company says its Ka-band service is expected to be the fastest in-cabin business jet internet service on the market, with the most available data.

Through this new agreement, SD will now resell ViaSat’s high speed, high-capacity business aviation service plans, which ViaSat says will offer:

Highest speed business jet connectivity
The service offers 16 Mbps speeds on all plans, regardless of data allocation. It says with this much speed, business travelers can effortlessly stream media from any streaming media service to multiple user devices, VPN into their corporate network, hold a high-definition (HD) video conference call, conduct a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls, and browse the internet all at the same time.

An IPTV solution as part of its Ka-band package
ViaSat’s Ka-band network provides an IPTV solution with no impact on the data plan, which is ideal for those aircraft owners concerned about the eventual turn-off of standard definition business jet TV broadcasts.

Global redundancy through ViaSat’s Ku-band network
With any Ka-band service plan, business jet owners receive a global ViaSat Ku-band data package – at no extra cost – when the aircraft is properly equipped.

“2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of our successful partnership with ViaSat, providing business jet travelers valuable access to connectivity, virtually anywhere they fly,” said Chris Moore, Chief Commercial Officer, Satcom Direct.

“By expanding our relationship to cover its new service, our customers will be able to access it’s high-capacity network, supporting more simultaneous users per aircraft – even in crowded airspaces – which is a really important value proposition for today’s global traveler.”

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“We’re very pleased that SD is now reselling our best-in-market Ka-band service plans to the business aviation market,” said Jerry Goodwin, vice president, Network Services, ViaSat.

“Our Ka-band service is proven and currently supporting more than 60,000 commercial and senior leader government flights per month. By working with SD, we can now bring this great service to large and mid-cabin business jet owners and operators – who have been waiting for faster speeds, greater reliability and more service applications, including a broadcast TV service.”

The ViaSat Global Aero Terminal 5510 shipset, which provides access to the in-flight internet service for business jets, is available and expected to complete certifications on multiple airframe types beginning in the first half of 2018.

Today, the company says it covers more than 90% of the world’s most popular flight routes using a combination of its global Ku-band and Ka-band networks.

Following ViaSat-2 service launch expected in early 2018, the 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  Ka-band coverage over Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

ViaSat says it 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 will comprise three satellites, with the first two providing Ka-band coverage over the Americas and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions, respectively.

A third satellite is planned for the Asia Pacific region. Each satellite is expected to deliver more than one-Terabit per second of network capacity, and to leverage high levels of flexibility to dynamically direct capacity to meet customer demand.

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