In June 2017, Viasat launched ViaSat-2, the highest-capacity communications satellite in history, and reported successful data transmissions in December. The satellite is designed to cover 100% of the U.S. with internet access at faster speeds. Service will be available in spring 2018, and this development is important for Innovative Business Solutions’ partners on a few levels:
Speed: Typically, most people think of satellite internet as the slower of the options out there. And they aren’t wrong to think so. Satellite internet isn’t known for its speeds, commonly known to only go as fast as 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. But ViaSat-2 will significantly change all that, delivering speeds in some areas up to 100 Mbps down. At a minimum, they will meet the FCC broadband requirement of 25 Mbps nationwide, which will be perfect for a partner’s SMB customer base, and will provide excellent backup for primary internet solutions.
Availability: As a satellite internet provider for the last 30 years, Viasat has 4 satellites covering the U.S., and has historically been able to cover 85% of the U.S. population. With near-100% coverage of the continental U.S. coming soon, (and 99% coverage of the U.S. population) partners can now reach customers they otherwise would never have been able to work with. Viasat is breaking the stereotype of what a satellite internet provider is, and is creating a whole new market as a result.
For our partners selling cable, this gives them a solid option for sites that have serviceability issues, construction needs, or fall out from failed installations for any traditional telecom service — not just cable.
Time-to-install: A typical 3 to 5-day installation time-frame for customers is unheard of in the telco channel. Viasat is changing all that. This rapid time-to-install gives our partners the ability to install internet very quickly to sites that in the past have been difficult to qualify service for, and it is a stark distinction from the slower install times of cable and telecom providers.
Pricing: Perhaps the most stunning shift in satellite internet will be the one Viasat unleashes in terms of cost. The provider recently launched an unlimited data plan — a departure from historical satellite internet options where you pay for more gigabits. With flat monthly rates that are competitive with terrestrial services, unlimited, reliable, fast satellite internet will be easier to sell.
This isn’t your dad’s satellite. ViaSat is on the cutting edge and we are very excited to be a part of it. Contact Innovative to learn more about how you can take advantage of this exciting new option.