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ViaSat puts 140Gbps broadband satellite into orbit

first_imgThe “air-battle” in the broadband wars just got its newest combatant today, the ViaSat-1 (VS1). Billed as the next step for satellite broadband providers, the VS1 is capable of transmitting data to the ground with a throughput of 140Gbps, doubling the speed of what was previously possible through ISPs using satellite communications. Currently ViaSat has about 400,000 subscribers to their internet service provided by its WildBlue division. With the addition of this new toy, there is room for a million more.Launched today on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the VS1 successfully reached orbit and will be in full operation by the first part of 2012.The dish-based ISP market is in fierce competition with terrestrial technologies. Where the service makes the most sense is in rural areas where there is no way to get internet service in, but the cost has been prohibitive in the past. Speeds have not been something to brag about either.ViaSat, along with their competitors, are hoping that spacecraft like the VS1 can even the playing field. The issue though, is that land based access technologies are evolving at an astonishing rate. Fiber, LTE and other speedy standards are already bringing incredible speeds into consumers’ homes, and there is no sign of slowdown in the future. Customers want speed, and companies are giving it to them.Because of that, satellite internet providers have a steep hill to climb to keep up with the rest of the pack. Right now these companies can deliver ADSL speeds, which is an improvement for sure, but if they are competing against say, FiOS for a customer’s dollars, then they are just plain outmatched.A quick look at the WildBlue website shows that existing satellite services offer up 1.5Mbps download speeds. With VS1 operational, that should hopefully increase to between 8-12Mbps for around $50 a month. It’s not fantastic, but I bet if you live somewhere that dial-up is still the only viable option, 8Mbps sounds pretty sweet.Here’s the ViaSat-1 launch video for those who missed it:More at ViaSat, via BBC Newslast_img read more

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