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Dankberg retakes helm at Viasat

Mark Dankberg is reassuming overall supervision at California-based (and Nasdaq-quoted) Viasat. Dankberg has been executive chairman – and stepping aside from his CEO role – since November 2020. He co-founded the satellite operator in1986. Effective June 29 Dankberg is again chairman and CEO. The current president and CEO, Rick Baldridge, will become vice-chairman, a newly […]

June 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

Viasat offers “fastest-ever” Internet plan

California-based Viasat has introduced what it describes as its “fastest-ever” internet service plan. Customers in select US markets can now subscribe to Viasat’s new residential plans that will offer “blazing high-speed connections”, allowing customers to do more, faster – from downloading and streaming more movies, videos and content to enjoying a speedier web browsing experience. […]

June 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Avanti, Viasat sign Ka-band capacity agreement

Avanti Communications, a provider of high throughput satellite capacity across EMEA, has signed a long-term capacity lease agreement with global communications company Viasat to help support the connectivity needs of its customers in the energy sector. Capacity from Avanti’s fleet of HYLAS Ka-band satellites will be used to extend coverage across the North Sea and […]

June 23, 2022

Shareholders approve Viasat’s move on Inmarsat

Satellite operator Viasat says that, at its Special Meeting of Stockholders, it received the necessary stockholder approvals for the proposed acquisition of Inmarsat. Viasat continues to expect the transaction to close in the second half of calendar year 2022, subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and clearances and the satisfaction of other customary […]

June 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX, Kuiper challenge Viasat/Inmarsat deal

Viasat of California is in the process of buying London-based Inmarsat for some $7.3 billion (€6.9bn). SpaceX is formally complaining to the FCC and says that Viasat has violated FCC rules and should not be given permission to control another company’s assets. Jeff Bezos’s Kuiper Systems is also complaining to the FCC over the Viasat/Inmarsat […]

June 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

Viasat record revenues

California-based Viasat reported its 2022 full year revenues rose 24 per cent to a record $2.8 billion (€2.6bn). Viasat told shareholders that while it achieved its Q4 FY2022 outlook and FY2022 goals, Q4 FY2022 had some challenges. The challenges included ViaSat-3’s ground network expansion and delays in both NSA certification of Information Security products and […]

May 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU, US, UK blame Russia for Viasat hack

The European Union, the UK and the US government have all formally blamed the Russian government for the February 24th hack and damage to Viasat satellite modems in Europe in the hours before the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian hack of Viasat’s modems resulted in an immediate and significant loss of communication in the earliest […]

May 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Southwest chooses Viasat for IFE

California-based Viasat has won the contract to connect Southwest Airlines to its satellite broadband In-Flight Communications system. Factory installs of the Viasat equipment onto Southwest’s airlines will start this autumn. Southwest Airlines says it will provide customers enhanced internet capabilities while onboard, including the ability to stream content and entertainment, watch live television, and access […]

May 12, 2022By Chris Forrester

Viasat demands Starlink environmental review

Satellite operator Viasat, in a letter to the FCC, says there is growing evidence of the need to perform an environmental review before approving SpaceX’s Starlink application to launch another 30,000 low Earth orbiting satellites. Viasat’s Jarrett Taubman (VP/deputy chief of Government Affairs), in his letter, claims that SpaceX should not be allowed to expand […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat warns of satellite space debris risks

Inmarsat has warned that space is getting increasingly crowded with “dangerous levels of space debris from satellite constellations planned by Elon Musk’s Starlink, Amazon, Chinese operators and others”. Inmarsat CEO Rajeev Suri welcomed innovation in satellite constellations in low Earth orbit but added that there should be better industry and regulatory co-ordination as they are […]

April 28, 2022By Chris Forrester