ViaSat completes Yonder Mobile internet coverage over South America


ViaSat announced that it has completed the addition of
Yonder high-speed Internet coverage over Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru,
Columbia, Ecuador, and surrounding areas. ViaSat is adding this coverage in
cooperation with regional provider Andesat.


Andesat leases bandwidth on the
Intelsat IS-14 satellite and also operates teleport facilities in Santiago
where ViaSat has installed a regional gateway. Yonder service has been tested
in the new area and is operational for maritime and aviation customers. Andesat
will also provide data services to mobile service customers in the region.


“We have completed coverage over South America with
this latest addition,” said Don Buchman, director of Mobile Broadband,
ViaSat. “All Yonder aviation and maritime customers will immediately benefit
from the expanded coverage and the addition keeps us on target to complete the
full deployment of our network by the end of 2012.”


The combination of ViaSat
airborne high-speed Internet equipment and Yonder data and voice service
provides business aircraft passengers with a high-speed, office-in-the-sky
experience that is on-par with the latest in home and office IP network
applications and services.


“Mobility is the name of the game now and, together
with ViaSat and KVH, we will play an important role in delivering high-quality
mobile broadband in a global network,” said Pablo Rasore, general manager
at Andesat.


The Yonder network, which ViaSat operates with partner
KVH Industries, delivers 1 to 2 Mbps data to the aircraft, and up to 512 kbps
data from the aircraft.


A growing fleet of over 150 business aircraft, plus 200
military and special mission aircraft, connect through the Yonder mobile
broadband service network. KVH offers its comparable mini-VSAT service over the
same network to commercial shipping customers, private yacht owners, and the
U.S. Coast Guard.


ViaSat recently announced
that it has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to provide airborne
communications terminal equipment as part of a new high-speed Internet option
on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.  


The Bombardier option combines the ViaSat VMT-1500
shipset along with the EMS Aviation CNX-200 router to provide an
office-in-the-sky connection for business aviation passengers.


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