ViaSat Announces Next Generation Broadband Satellite

             ViaSat Announces Next Generation Broadband Satellite

Boeing-built ViaSat-2 will support fast-growing Exede Internet services with
unparalleled combination of capacity, service, coverage and flexibility

PR Newswire

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2013

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) has
executed a contract with Boeing (NYSE: BA) to build ViaSat-2, which is based
on ViaSat's next generation, Ka-band satellite technology and architecture.
ViaSat-2 is expected to be, by far, the world's highest capacity satellite at
the time of launch (scheduled for mid-2016) achieving an unparalleled mix of
capacity and coverage. ViaSat-2 is anticipated to approximately double the
bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 while simultaneously increasing its coverage
footprint by seven-fold.


ViaSat-2 Expected to Set New Benchmark for High-Speed Broadband by Satellite

Building on the market success of the ViaSat-1 based Exede^® Internet service,
which has received multiple awards in recognition of its innovation and
service performance, ViaSat-2 is expected to significantly improve the speed
and availability of broadband services over a greatly expanded coverage area
that includes North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a small portion
of northern South America as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime
routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe. 

Today's announcement marks the first major advancement of satellite broadband
technology since the initial development of ViaSat-1, which recently earned a
Guinness World Records® title as the highest-capacity communications satellite
in the world. The ViaSat-2 system will include significant enhancements to
ViaSat SurfBeam^® networking technology and is designed to multiply the speeds
offered to a level commensurate with high-speed fiber-to-the-node networks

"The market success of ViaSat-1 class satellites has highlighted the magnitude
of the opportunity for truly competitive satellite services," said Mark
Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "It's clear that superior bandwidth
economics in space create competitive advantages on the ground, in the air,
and at sea, compared to other satellite and terrestrial alternatives. ViaSat-2
represents a significant breakthrough in broadband satellite technology – for
the very first time combining extremely high bandwidth capacity with very
large coverage areas. ViaSat-2 will make it possible to offer superior
in-flight connectivity on applications ranging from JetBlue leisure flights to
the Caribbean to U.S. government aircraft traveling to Europe or Latin
America, to critical national and Homeland Security missions. ViaSat-2 will
also combine unprecedented capacity and coverage with operational flexibility
– solving historically intractable issues in geographical distribution of
bandwidth demand, capital investments, and system performance. We believe
ViaSat-2 is more than just state-of-the-art technology, it's a great

ViaSat and Boeing Execute Strategic Agreement

ViaSat-2 represents a cooperative effort with Boeing Space & Intelligence
Systems. The new satellite will be based on the Boeing 702HP satellite bus and
draws on Boeing's four decades of experience gained from the production of
more than 175 commercial communications satellites and its extensive expertise
in Ka-band satellite communication systems. Along with the execution of the
ViaSat-2 satellite contract, ViaSat and Boeing have entered into a strategic
agreement to jointly market and sell satellites systems based on ViaSat-2

"The Boeing 702HP is our most powerful satellite platform," said Craig
Cooning, chief executive officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International and
vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.
"This proven capability, integrated with ViaSat's own satellite technology,
will result in what we expect to be the world's highest-capacity satellite,
and will prove to be a major contributor to the expansion of ViaSat's complete
portfolio of broadband services.We are committed to delivering this satellite
on-schedule and with the highest level of mission assurance."

ViaSat Inc. or its affiliates will be the owner and/or operator of the
ViaSat-2 satellite.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to
virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, 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 2,300 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 2,700 people in a number of
locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network

About Boeing

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the
world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in
innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest
and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St.
Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000
employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 among others,
statements about the performance, capabilities and anticipated benefits of the
ViaSat-2 satellite, expected capacity, service, speeds, coverage and other
features of ViaSat-2, and the timing, cost, economics and other benefits
associated therewith. 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,
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.

ViaSat, Exede, and SurfBeam are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.

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Mark D. Dankberg

SOURCE ViaSat Inc.

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