When the first of three Viasat-3 satellites is launched into space and goes online in 2022, Viasat satellite internet capacity should increase dramatically. In fact, Viasat’s network will have seven and a half times the capacity of all the satellites currently owned and operated by Viasat. The second and third satellites in the Viasat-3 constellation are expected to be in service by late 2022, allowing Viasat to deliver high-speed satellite internet around the world. The first satellite is currently undergoing the final phase of testing to ensure it will remain undamaged through the launch process and withstand the conditions in orbit. The first Viasat 3 satellite is expected to launch in early 2022.
With each of the Viasat-3 satellites offering 1 terabit per second (Tbps) or more total network capacity, people living in remote parts of the world are looking forward to satellite internet with super-fast download speeds. The total network capacity of all the satellites currently owned by Viasat is only about 500 gigabit per second (Gbps), so Viasat 3 will bring a massive capacity increase making the new total capacity an incredible 3.5Tbps. The Viasat-3 trio of ultra-high-capacity satellites will expand internet service in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In many areas, Viasat-3 satellite internet service will be the first internet service ever available to homes and businesses.
The benefits of Viasat-3 won’t be limited to locations on land. The coverage areas of the three satellites are large enough to overlap, creating a continuous area of coverage circling the entire planet. Viasat-3 will connect ships and aircraft crossing the world’s oceans to reach faraway seaports and airports. When the Viasat-3 constellation is fully activated, the high-speed satellite internet beams will connect thousands of commercial, business and government aircraft simultaneously. While passengers enjoy high-speed internet and streaming services, flight crews will have real-time navigation information available.
Leaders of the militaries of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand anticipate using the capacity of Viasat-3 for cloud-based applications and artificial intelligence.
While residents of the United States have enjoyed Viasat satellite internet for years, the Viasat-3 satellite system is expected to help meet the demand for fast internet to power modern technology.
Viasat-3 rural internet for business will support enterprise applications with 1 Gbps download speeds comparable to those utilized by businesses with access to fiber optic networks. For many businesses in remote locations, the Viasat-3 launch will offer opportunities for utilizing cloud computing and networked data systems, while improving safety with state-of-the-art security systems.
The incredible improvements to Viasat 3 brings to the Viasat network represent a fantastic opportunity for the company to gain new customers. It will be interesting to see what else Viasat has planned once Viasat 3 comes online. It wouldn’t be surprising to see new service options for residential customers as well.
Technology continues to evolve at an incredibly rapid pace. WildBlue satellite internet, acquired by Viasat in 2009, launched a satellite in 2005 called Anik F2. Anik F2 had a 2Gbps capacity. Viasat 2, launched in 2018 brought with it a capacity of 260Gbps. Compared to the new Viasat 3 satellites, each with a 1Tbps capacity, the older satellites look like relics of the past. The older satellites are similarly outclassed in terms of range. Viasat 2 only has about a third the range of just one of the Viasat 3 satellites. The Viasat 3 satellites will each produce around 20kW of power, which is near the highest power for commercial satellites, but still seems remarkably low considering what they are able to accomplish with it.
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