ViaSat Announces Commercial Satellite Operation

Today, ViaSat, announced their 12 Mbps satellite internet service for $50/month. ViaSat, which operates the WildBlue, an earlier internet satellite service, says their Exede Satellite Internet Service will lower costs and speed service, especially for rural users. ViaSat’s new satellite, ViaSat-1 was launched in October of 2011, but ViaSat announced speeds and pricing just last week, at CES.

Before Exede, providers were known to only offer speeds to the residential market as high as 1.5mbps. However, now speeds up to 12mbps will be available to most of the United States.

Exede speeds and pricing will start at $49.99 for the basic package. The only variation in packages will be the amount of data that can be downloaded/uploaded. The next package will offer 15GB of data and will cost $79.99. The most premier package will allow up to 25GB of data for $129.99.

ViaSat-1 has more capacity than the entire North American satellite fleet combined, including all the two-way Ka, C and Ku band satellites. Spotbeams reuse the frequency (pdf). ViaSat’s WildBlue and the Hughes Spaceway have much more limited capacity.

ViaSat-1 allows much better frequency re-use and better cost/effectiveness, since satellite capacity has limited the number of effective subscribers one satellite could handle. Small SurfBeam 2 dishes will connect computers to ViaSat-1 at speeds up to 10 Mbps, almost ten times the current speed of WildBlue.

Both ViaSat-1 and HughesNet’s Jupiter are expected to provide satellite internet access up to 10 Mbps in the United States in the later half of 2012.

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