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New Satellites Will Deliver High-Speed Internet to Remote Areas

ViaSat's next generation of satellites will be able to deliver 100 Mbps residential service.


U.S.-based satellite company ViaSat is teaming up with Boeing to create and deliver three new satellites that will deliver high-speed internet to remote areas around the world. The partnership was announced yesterday, months before the company is scheduled to launch its previous generation satellite, ViaSat-2, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The new ViaSat-3 satellites will be capable of much more. Each satellite will carry with it a total network capacity of one Tbps (yes, terabit per second), about triple what ViaSat-2 is capable of. That will allow ViaSat to deliver 100 Mbps service to remote residential properties in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The company says that work is already under way on the first two satellites and that Boeing is already preparing them for launch by the end of 2019.

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