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American Satellite TV broadcasting company ViaSat has introduced ViaSat-3, an ultra high capacity satellite platform which contains ViaSat-3 class satellites which will form a broadband network. These satellites are meant to deliver high speed broadband and video streaming across the Americas initially, followed by the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and the third satellite for the Asia Pacific region.

According to the company’s press release, it has started working on the first 2 satellites payloads, where Boeing Satellite Systems working on the associated satellite bus platform, which will be integrated and delivered by 2019.

Features of the platform:

– 100 Mbps residential internet service, 4K Ultra HD video streaming

– Supporting each aircraft with hundreds of Mbps of in-flight connectivity services and video streaming for commercial airlines, business jets and high-value government aircraft.

– Up to 1 Gbps speeds for use in maritime, oceanic and other corporate enterprise applications such as oil and gas platforms.

– Affordable satellite Wi-Fi connectivity to unconnected people in emerging markets.

– Uses cloud technology for network processing and operations.

– Compatible with ViaSat-2 class terminals, to extend coverage, improve transmission speeds and reduce network capacity costs.

Other internet delivery initiatives:

– In December, Google’s balloon powered Internet service Project Loon got an in-principle approval from the Indian government for running a pilot in India. Project Loon is a network of balloons which float at about 20 kilometres above in the stratosphere which will help in providing Internet access to the most remote corners of the world.

– In September, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Microsoft would provide ‘low-cost broadband technology’ to 500,000 villages in India, in partnership with the Indian Government under the Digital India program.

– In July, Facebook said it was working on delivering internet globally via a bunch of drones, satellites and lasers. According to founder Mark Zuckerberg internet signals will be beamed down from a plane or a satellite flying overhead, which will communicate to earth using accurate lasers to transfer data.

– In June, OneWeb, which raised $500 million from Bharti Enterprises, Virgin Atlantic and other investors plan to provide high speed internet access globally via 648 satellites to launch by 2019.

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