ViaSat Leases Additional Ku-band Satellite Bandwidth

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Satellite terminal and broadband services provider ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif., signed four new contracts for Ku-band satellite bandwidth, boosting the capacity of its global mobile broadband network by 60 percent, the company announced Jan. 24.

The leases were driven by growth in demand from the government and general aviation services markets, the company said.

ViaSat did not specify the satellites or the value of the contracts and said details regarding coverage would be forthcoming.

“This expansion phase is an overlay to our mobile network in key regions around the globe,” Paul Baca, ViaSat general manager and vice president for global mobile broadband, said in a prepared statement. “This addition will raise the bar for baseline broadband performance and provide a foundation for new service plans.”