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SOURCE ViaSat Inc.
Facilitates more mobile devices per plane and more data throughput
CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Installations of broadband services for civil and commercial aircraft are supporting a larger number of mobile devices in-flight, making the cabin networks and associated satellite systems quite complex. To help streamline those installations, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Satcom Direct are integrating ViaSat Yonder® service with Satcom Direct's first hardware product, the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). For the past six years, the two companies have been partners in delivering in-flight Internet service and applications to general aviation operators.
The SDR is a smart router that can manage all aircraft voice and data systems. The SDR allows multiple systems to operate on the aircraft without additional wireless access points, creating the ability for separate guest or dedicated VVIP networks. It maximizes the passenger experience and provides higher bandwidth to the cabin through advanced compression and acceleration technology.
"Business jet networks have become more complex than most office networks," said Curt Gray, chief technology officer, Satcom Direct. "The integration of the SDR with ViaSat Yonder is fundamental to a network architecture that can ensure a seamless user experience."
"We see this as a significant advancement for the office-in-the-sky because the integration of these two products will reduce design confusion and improve reliability," said Ken Peterman, SVP ViaSat.
ViaSat's global Yonder network is providing broadband service to several hundred general aviation and government operators, plus thousands of maritime platforms, for Internet access, media streaming, VPN, Skype™, and typical office applications.
About Satcom Direct (www.satcomdirect.com)
Satcom Direct is the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications serving business, military, government, and heads of state aircraft. Satcom Direct continues to advance its services through mobile applications and value adds – from flight deck datalink to cabin communications – making Satcom Direct the leader in aeronautical satcom service.
About ViaSat (www.viasat.com)
ViaSat creates satellite and other wireless networking systems that efficiently deliver the most bandwidth for fast, secure, and high-quality communications to any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede® by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; service to more than 2,900 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 3,000 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about reducing design confusion and improving reliability. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-2 satellite, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite system, the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-2 satellite system; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-2 and ViaSat's other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; negative audits by the U.S. government; continued turmoil in the global business environment and economic conditions; delays in approving U.S. government budgets and cuts in government defense expenditures; ViaSat's reliance on U.S. government contracts, and on a small number of contracts which account for a significant percentage of ViaSat's revenues; the ability to successfully develop, introduce and sell new technologies, products and services; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat's products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications and defense industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat's ability to sell products and services; ViaSat's level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; ViaSat's involvement in litigation, including intellectual property claims and litigation to protect proprietary technology; and ViaSat's dependence on a limited number of key employees. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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