Viasat Inc. today, launched what it claims to be America’s fastest satellite internet service for businesses. The nationwide service offers a variety of unlimited and metered data plans with download speed options ranging from 35 Mbps across most of the U.S. up to 100 Mbps in certain regions. The Viasat 100 Mbps satellite broadband offering is the  first of its kind, Viasat said.

ViaSat 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband
Rather than the 100 Mbps service (where available), customers can opt for 60 Mbps or 35 Mbps speeds. Applications that could be supported include cloud-based collaboration, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), email, point of sale transactions, high-speed file transfers, streaming video, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, ViaSat said.

Another important aspect of the service is backup capabilities. Viasat points out than an increasing number of businesses are implementing business continuity and SD-WAN solutions that leverage multi-internet connections.

“Businesses across the U.S. expect an internet service that can support their sales and operational needs—anywhere they are based,” said Cody Catalena, Viasat vice president and general manager, global business solutions, in a prepared statement. “With our new ViaSat-2 service for business, we’re now able to provide broadband speeds across all plans and even more coverage to enable businesses to stay connected, productive and profitable.”

We reported earlier this year that 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.