December 18, 2012
ViaSat provides communications services for the US Military and private sector. The technology they utilize is speedy, secure and efficient as to be utilized in any location both terrestrial and in space. They mostly offer different types of satellite networks for both mobile and fixed communication stations. Antenna and wireless systems are available for combat situation awareness. Encrypted data storage, IP mobile networks, microprocessor chipsets, RF system design and training systems are just some of the services provided by ViaSat.
In 2010, ViaSat acquired WildBlue which competed with HugesNet to become the most powerful satellite corporation. This marked the beginning of first-generation broadband satellites which was a burgeoning business at the time.
The Department of Defense (DoD) became entangled with Cisco and therefore involved in the first router sent into space for commercial use. This marked the inception of Cisco’s Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) program that promised to make connectivity faster using satellites instead of routing through the ground.
IRIS was a radiation-tolerant IP router which was used by the DoD in 2009 under the Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) initiative.
VaiSat launched their satellite-based internet to incite the provocation of WiFi to corporations like JetBlue.
With the development and implementation of the High Throughput Satellite, the KA-SAT, from Eutelsat Communications, the sharing of telecom services could now be concentrated throughout the world. Using spotbeams, communication networks servicing 10 ground networks would bring the promise of more powerful connections. Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelstat explained: These new resources will in particular benefit Internet Service Providers, enabling them to extend broadband to consumers and enterprises in areas unserved by terrestrial networks. KA-SAT will also consolidate Eutelsat’s Professional Data Network activity, which generates 15 percent of our revenues, with solutions for enterprises and public administrations that drive down costs of terminals and bandwidth.”
Eutelsat has provided broadband internet to all of Europe through the KA-SAT. This endeavor was sanctioned by the European Union to bring broadband access to all citizens in the EuroZone by 2013.
Satellite broadband has become a growing business and the answer to connectivity issues with revenues expected to reach $9 billion by 2020. ViaSat is at the forefront of this industry by “remaking the general public perception of satellite being a ‘fast resort’ service and offering a product that compares favorably to ADSL services in many unserved or underserved markets.”
In 2011, ViaSat launched a $400 million satellite called ViaSat1 which was slated to bring broadband to rural America. This launching marked a $1 billion initiative to create an orbiting satellite that would supply internet to previously unconnected areas, which was risky at the time. ViaSat was also commissioned with providing network ground equipment such as satellite modems, data links and other services associated with internet.
The development at ViaSat’s Exede broadband services , also officered through Dis Network offers better connectivity with broadband than DSL connections because of ViaSat1. This satellite works in conjunction with WildBlue satellites (also owned by ViaSat).
Between the two, ViaSat provides satellite broadband for the entire continental US.
ViaSat, being a US government –controlled private sector corporation, is the perfect complement to US Ignite, the future of broadband internet.
In June of this year, President Obama signed the executive order entitled “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment” which supposed to “facilitate broadband deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways and tribal and individual Indian trust lands (tribal lands), and particularly in underserved communities.” However, with the EO came the creation of US Ignite, which is a 6 year plan to create private-public partnerships (PPP) with the areas a “national security”; as defined:
• Workforce development
• Advanced manufacturing
• Public safety
• Clean energy
Focusing collaborative effort with private sector corporations and federal agencies, the goal is to “link universities and a growing number of communities with networks that are 10-100 times faster than today’s residential broadband Internet services.”
Under the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the UN’s Millennium Development Goals will be met as their universal portal will become the centralized broadband internet provider to the world.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have been in talks this month, discussing how to insert major telecommunication and information corporations to devise a treaty that will regulate important aspects of the internet, as well as create jurisdiction over telecoms and ICT industries. This international treaty will effectively control all communication as we know it.
• Cell phones
• Governmental intelligence networks
• All other digital communications