The three Viasat satellites will each be placed in geo-stationary orbit 22,236 miles above the equator. Viasat 3 Americas will be positioned to provide coverage to North and South America. Viasat 3 EMEA will bring coverage to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And Viasat 3 APAC will cover the Asia-Pacific Region.
The coverage areas of the three satellites will overlap with one another, providing a continuous ring of coverage around the entire planet! While there still won’t be coverage in the polar regions, everywhere else in the world will be in range of Viasat 3. This will allow Viasat to offer highspeed satellite internet service to more people than ever before. Viasat will also be available to commercial airlines, so that passengers will be able to enjoy inflight Wi-Fi access.
The total capacity of all the satellites owned and operated by Viasat is around 500 gigabits per second (Gbps). Each of the Viasat 3 satellites has twice that capacity, an incredible 1 terabit per second (Tbps). When Viasat 3 is completed, Viasat’s network capacity will be multiplied by 7.5 to reach a new total of 3.5Tbps! This should be more than enough to accommodate new customers, and it will be exciting to see what else Viasat has planned.
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