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Exede Internet
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Current supplierViaSat

Exede Internet was launched in 2012 through ViaSat and provides broadband internet to the United States. Exede service is powered by the ViaSat-1 satellite.[1] ViaSat-1 earned the Guinness World Record title for the highest capacity communications satellite.[2] The Exede service currently serves 687,000 customers in the U.S.[3][4]


Launched in 2012, Exede Internet is a broadband internet service that covers areas traditional terrestrial internet service providers do not reach.[1] In 2013, Exede introduced Exede Voice home service as a companion to the data service.[5][6][7]

Exede also offers Exede Business, which was launched in 2014 and Exede Enterprise for live events, field operations, and disaster response.[6][8]


The satellite ViaSat-1 was announced in 2008. Designed by ViaSat and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the satellite was completed in 2011.[9] It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in October 2011 using a Proton Breeze M rocket. The satellite has a geostationary orbit over North America at 115.1° West longitude. ViaSat-1 has 72 spotbeams.[10] The satellite has 63 beams covering the continental USA, Alaska and Hawaii, and 9 covering Canada through the Xplornet service.[11] The satellite weighs 6,740 kg[12] and has a 15-year operational life.[10] ViaSat-1 cost $400 million to produce and launch.[13] ViaSat-2, which is scheduled to launch in 2017, will expand the capacity and coverage of the Exede service.[1][6][8]

Exede Internet[edit]

Exede Internet is powered by ViaSat's ViaSat-1 satellite.[2][13][14][15] Initially the satellite broadband internet was launched as a response to the lack of coverage provided by terrestrial services.[15] The 12 Mbit/s service from Exede was faster than earlier satellite internet access options such as WildBlue which could reach 1.5 Mbit/s. In 2016, a 25 Mbit/s download speed was introduced in some areas, as well as a new modem supporting the new speed tier that includes an integrated Wi-Fi router and VoIP adapter.[16]

The internet service covers most of the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.[13][17] Between 2012 and 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has reported that Exede Internet met or surpassed advertised speeds. In the 2015 report, Exede download speeds were just over 100% of advertised, while upload speeds topped 150% of advertised speeds.[18]

WiFi modem

Exede also offers voice over IP residential phone service with its Exede Voice service.[13] DirecTV is one of the major retailers that offers Exede Internet to its customers.[19] Dish Network resells the Exede service and other internet services under its own DishNet brand name.[20]

ViaSat in-flight Wi-Fi[edit]

Through Exede Internet technology, ViaSat offers in-flight Wi-Fi to connect airline passengers to broadband internet.[4][17][21][22] ViaSat produces its own in-aircraft terminals that link ViaSat-1 using both Ka and Ku-band satellite networks to power the in-flight Wi-Fi.[21] The service is used by JetBlue and United Airlines,[6][8][17] as well as Virgin America, which uses the service to stream Netflix programming to passengers.[23] JetBlue started with 30 planes using the service. The fleet contained 190 aircraft using the service in 2014,[24] and 420 in November 2015.[4] The dual-band technology allows airlines to offer connectivity to over 150 customers at a time per plane.[21]


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  2. ^ a b "ViaSat Is High On Guinness...Exedes World Record For Highest Capacity Satellite". SatNews. March 7, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
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  10. ^ a b "Media Advisory: ILS Proton to launch ViaSat-1". ILS. October 14, 2011. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Jeffrey Hill (February 15, 2012). "Telesat Launches Xplornet Services on ViaSat-1". Satellite Today. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Peter B. de Selding (May 17, 2013). "ViaSat-2's 'First of its Kind' Design Will Enable Broad Geographic Reach". SpaceNews. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
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  14. ^ Ray Willington (January 6, 2012). "New ViaSat Deal Could Brings 12Mbps Service To Rural Users Soon". Hot Hardware. Retrieved May 1, 2015.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  15. ^ a b "Broadband's Moving to the Country". USA Today. March 27, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  16. ^ ViaSat Announces 25 Mbps In-Home Satellite Internet.November 18, 2015. CED Magazine. February 10, 2016
  17. ^ a b c Mark Hachman (January 5, 2012). "ViaSat Promises 12-Mbit/s Satellite Broadband for $50/Mo". PC Magazine. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  18. ^ Mike Freeman (February 15, 2013). "FCC report: ViaSat's Exede keeps promise on speed". UT San Diego. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  19. ^ Mark Huffman (November 20, 2012). "DIRECTV and Exede to Bundle TV, Internet Service". Consumer Affairs. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  20. ^ Martin LaMonica (January 9, 2012). "Dish blasts out high-speed satellite broadband". CNet. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  21. ^ a b c "Bandwidth For All: ViaSat Future-Proofs Delivery". EVA International Media. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  22. ^ Fast and Free In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Uncharted Territory for Airlines. Mike Tierney. November 2, 2015. New York Times. November 18, 2015
  23. ^ NOW STREAMING NETFLIX – AT 35,000 FEET. September 29, 2015. Virgin America.February 10, 2016
  24. ^ Mike Freeman (November 2, 2013). "Race heats up for faster, cheaper in-flight Wi-Fi". UT San Diego. Retrieved May 1, 2015.