Carlsbad’s ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has entered what it describes as a “pioneering agreement” to expand its services in North America, Europe and around the Mediterranean.
ViaSat on Tuesday announced it signed an agreement with Paris-based Eutelsat (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) that will enable service access and roaming on each other's high-capacity satellite networks, ViaSat-1 and KA-SAT. ViaSat said the deal will impact an array of fixed and mobile services within the combined coverage areas, including in-flight connectivity, maritime, emergency relief, oil and gas operations, and government applications.
The deal also includes provisions for future satellites and follow-on technologies, such as ViaSat-2, which is scheduled for launch in 2016 to cover a broader footprint in North America, Central America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic, where it will provide a bridge to Eutelsat's coverage area.
Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO, said the deal would be one more step toward "covering the high traffic areas of the world with the fastest, most affordable mobile broadband satellite connectivity," including "the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi available on both sides of the Atlantic."
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