Viasat Plans Ka-band Satellite Investment To Boost Maritime Connectivity

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Maritime communications will get a significant Ka-band boost in the coming years as Viasat plans to launch eight satellites into orbit in the next three years, reports Riviera Maritime Media.

Ka-band boost

Viasat acquired Inmarsat and its Global Xpress (GX) satellite constellation in May 2023 after a lengthy diligence and regulatory process, raising its fleet of Ka-band satellites to 13.

This includes the ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2 satellites and the GX fleet, and ViaSat-3 F1 satellite, which has had deployment issues. Future investments include more GX satellites and ViaSat-3 F2 and ViaSat-3 F3 to bolster coverage of high-throughput connectivity across the world’s oceans.

Five of those eight new satellites are expected to launch by the end of 2025,” said Viasat. “We also expect to gain additional bandwidth from the existing in-orbit fleet via ground network optimisations. We believe these augmentations will allow us to provide the high-quality experience our mobility customers have come to expect and allow us to support our near- and intermediate-term growth objectives in mobility.”

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Source: Riviera Maritime Media 

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