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Viasat, Expedition bring satellite internet to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

April 4, 2019

Viasat, a global communications company, and Expedition Communications, a trusted wholesale satellite internet and telecommunications company, have announced a partnership to deliver high-speed satellite internet to businesses and government agencies across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Through this relationship, Expedition Communications will sell, install, maintain and provide customer support for Viasat’s high-quality satellite internet service across the islands. Viasat has satellite internet coverage over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with its ViaSat-2 satellite, the world’s most advanced high-capacity communications satellite.

Viasat’s satellite broadband speeds are faster than many of the islands’ current telecommunications services. By using Viasat’s business internet service, many of the islands’ businesses and government organizations can reliably connect critical business applications such as cloud-based collaboration, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), email, point-of-sale transactions, high-speed file transfers, streaming video, Internet of Things (IoT) applications and more. The Viasat business internet service can also be used as a diverse business continuity back-up service, providing a resilient secondary internet connection for businesses who can’t afford to have downtime related to terrestrial infrastructure outages. In fact, Viasat and Expedition Communications paired up after Hurricane Maria to provide critical disaster recovery connectivity to clinics throughout Puerto Rico.

“All businesses, regardless of where they decide to set-up operations, should have access to a quality internet network,” said Dean Eldridge, CEO of Expedition Communications. “By collaborating with Viasat, we are enabling businesses to adopt technologies that were previously unavailable to them. Viasat’s advanced satellite system is helping organizations be competitive and connected–across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands–enabling them to expand the types of business applications they can use.”

Cody Catalena, vice president and general manager, Global Business Solutions at Viasat continued, “In working with Expedition Communications, we are able to support the expanding economies of both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We can provide businesses on both islands an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of satellite internet—with speeds, reliability and affordability that keep a business running—continuously, even when other communication services are down.”

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