Viasat today announced the availability of 100 Mbps satellite-based broadband service. The Viasat 100 Mbps service is now available with unlimited data plans.
The new service is powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite system, which uses an advanced, high-capacity communications satellite, coupled with new innovations in satellite ground infrastructure.
Viasat 100 Mbps
Viasat claims to be the first satellite internet service provider in the U.S. or globally to offer plans with 100 Mbps download speeds to consumers’ homes. The company’s new service is faster than any other satellite internet service today and is as much as 10 times faster than typical DSL, Viasat says.
In addition to the 100 Mbps plan, the company also offers plans with speeds of 12 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps.
“Today’s service launch is an important step forward in Viasat’s mission to deliver faster internet anywhere. The innovations we’re making across our satellite system allow us to do extraordinary things, from moving the satellite industry up-market by delivering premium services, speeds and plans that give consumers new choices in their internet service provider, to helping bridge the digital divide in the U.S. today,” said Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement.
Other features of the new service include:
- Whole-home Wi-Fi: Viasat’s new home gateway offers built-in Wi-Fi with two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
- Integrated voice calling: An integrated phone port on the home gateway, allows for activation of home phone service without a separate ATA (analog telephone adapter).
- Enhanced service support: Customers can purchase EasyCare Support, offering free on-site service calls whenever needed, one free satellite dish relocation per year and priority access to tech support.
In addition to the new service running on the ViaSat-2 satellite system, Viasat is already building its next-generation high-capacity satellite system — ViaSat-3 — which is expected to enable high-quality, high-speed internet access for markets worldwide. The ViaSat-3 system will offer global coverage with only three satellites, each designed to support over 1-terabit per second (Tbps) of network capacity, further expanding the reach of 100+ Mbps broadband access. The first ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to go into service in 2020 for the Americas, with the second satellite for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) expected to launch approximately 6-months later. A third ViaSat-3 class satellite is planned for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.