Xplornet Acquires Canadian Capacity on ViaSat-2 Satellite
Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada – Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada’s largest rural broadband service provider, today announced it has contracted with ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) for all of the residential capacity covering Canada on the upcoming ViaSat-2 satellite, which is scheduled to launch in 2016. Already offering Xplornet high-speed Internet on the ViaSat-1 satellite, Xplornet will be able to offer faster speeds and more data throughput for its customers with the doubling of bandwidth efficiency expected from ViaSat-2.
In addition to satellite capacity for ViaSat-2, Xplornet will be purchasing network operations, annual network maintenance, gateways, ground equipment and subscriber terminals. The commitment is for the life of the satellite and the value is up to $275 million depending on options.
“The Xplornet team has performed exceptionally in Canada and we are very happy to extend our relationship with them on ViaSat-2,” said Rick Baldridge, president and COO of ViaSat.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with ViaSat” said Allison Lenehan, President of Xplornet Communications Inc. Lenehan added “Our investment in the ViaSat-2 satellite will allow Xplornet to meet the future Internet needs of our rural customers throughout the country.”
Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems is building ViaSat-2, which is based on ViaSat’s next generation, Ka-band satellite technology and architecture. ViaSat expects that this new, next-generation satellite will be, by far, the world’s highest capacity satellite at the time of launch, achieving an unparalleled mix of capacity and coverage. Viasat-2 is expected to approximately double the bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 while simultaneously providing an extensive coverage footprint. The expected Canadian coverage area for ViaSat-2 will be from coast-to-coast-to-coast, including the North.
The ViaSat-2 system includes significant enhancements to the ViaSat Broadband System networking technology and is designed to multiply the speeds offered to a level commensurate with high-speed fiber-to-the-node networks (FTTN).
About Xplornet Communications Inc. (www.xplornet.com )
Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada’s largest rural broadband service provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges of Canada’s vast geography through our deployment of Canada’s first national 4G network, which leverages our hybrid technology network of fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space. Our customers live in towns, villages, just outside of major urban centres and in the farthest reaches of the country. Through our coast-to-coast network of local dealers and professional installers we connect our customers to all that the Internet has to offer. Xplornet is high-speed Internet – for all of Canada.
About ViaSat (www.viasat.com )
ViaSat creates satellite and other wireless networking systems that efficiently deliver the most bandwidth for fast, secure, and high-quality communications to any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede® by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world’s highest capacity satellite; service to more than 2,900 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 3,000 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations.
ViaSat Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about Xplornet’s ability to offer improved services, the expected bandwidth economics and efficiency, anticipated speeds, coverage area, and the expected launch date of ViaSat-2.
Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-2 satellite, unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite system, the ability to successfully implement ViaSat’s business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat’s anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-2 satellite system; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of ViaSat-2 and ViaSat’s other satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; negative audits by the U.S. government; continued turmoil in the global business environment and economic conditions; delays in approving U.S. government budgets and cuts in government defense expenditures; ViaSat’s reliance on U.S. government contracts, and on a small number of contracts which account for a significant percentage of ViaSat’s revenues; the ability to successfully develop, introduce and sell new technologies, products and services; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat’s products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications and defense industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat’s ability to sell products and services; ViaSat’s level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; ViaSat’s involvement in litigation, including intellectual property claims and litigation to protect proprietary technology; and ViaSat’s dependence on a limited number of key employees. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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