|Traded as||NASDAQ: VSAT|
|Founded||Carlsbad, California, United States 1986|
|Net income||US$7,500,000 (2011)|
ViaSat is a communication company based in Carlsbad, California, that provides equipment and services for American military and commercial communications, primarily in satellite related technologies. ViaSat was ranked 135 on the 200 Best Small Companies list by Forbes in October 2010 and was ranked 31st by Space News on its list of the Top 50 Space Companies with $414 million in revenues from space business in 2008.
This is the entity formerly known as WildBlue Communications and is ViaSat's two-way satellite Internet service provider subdivision. Serving over 400,000 subscribers within the 48 contiguous United States, the company offers services to home and business customers directly and via resellers including DirecTV, DISH Network, AT&T and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
In January 2012, ViaSat launched a new, much faster satellite Internet service called Exede by ViaSat. The service increases the speed and capacity of satellite Internet by a factor of 10 through the use of the ViaSat high-capacity satellite system, which includes the 140 Gbit/s ViaSat-1 satellite.
WildBlue launched as an independent company in October 2004 after gaining access rights to the Telesat Anik F2 satellite. It conducted formal technical testing until January 2005, followed by nationwide beta testing, before the first residential retail customers had services installed in June 2005. A dealer network was established to provide installation and customer service to clients throughout the 48 contiguous United States. The company was acquired by ViaSat on October 1, 2009 for $568 million (in cash and stock). The division currently holds 44 percent of the U.S. satellite ISP market.
Comsat Laboratories is Viasat's technology and Product Development group for satellite communication systems focusing on developing new technologies for extremely bandwidth efficient, high data rate satellite transmission, such as:
- Advance coding and modulation
- Dynamic bandwidth allocation
- Onboard processing
- Ground-based beam modification
- Link and web acceleration
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