Satellites Shift, Refocus Broadband Capacity

March 26, 2015
The ViaSat Flexible Broadband System gives users the ability to shift or add capacity anywhere within the satellite’s coverage area.
The ViaSat satellites offer a flexible architecture and a variety of access nodes. (Image courtesy of Space Systems/Loral)

Bringing higher capacity and more flexibility to service providers, a jointly developed broadband system leverages the power of geostationary satellites to focus capacity on areas of need. Rather than blanket the entire globe with a thin layer of capacity, regardless of demand, the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System gives users the ability to shift or add capacity anywhere within the satellite’s coverage area.

ViaSat and Boeing’s new system is based on the ViaSat High-Capacity Satellite System developed for the ViaSat-2 satellite and the Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellite bus. It features compact RF satellite access nodes and an architecture that allows for auto-shifting traffic among gateways, which helps increase performance and eliminate network downtime. The Flexible Broadband System provides a roadmap to integrate existing Ku-band and Ka-band gateways into the service delivery platform.

Watch a video on the Flexible Broadband System, curated by Engineering TV, below:

End-user applications range from high-speed Internet web browsing, real-time video streaming/downloads, and IP-based voice and video, to Layer 2 for enterprise applications as well as multicast media and content delivery. Service-provider capabilities include central operation of multiple satellite access nodes and satellites, APIs to access underlying network and management capabilities, support for fixed-rate and metered service plans, and web portals for installers and virtual network operators (VNOs.)

About the Author

Iliza Sokol | Associate Digital Editor

Iliza joined the Penton Media group in 2013 after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Prior to joining the staff, she worked at NYLON Magazine and a ghostwriting firm based in New York.

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