ViaSat Signs Distribution Agreements With Rockwell Collins and ARINCIncludes New Airborne Satellite System Order from Rockwell Collins
CARLSBAD, Calif.-- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) has signed new distribution agreements with Rockwell Collins and ARINC to supply business jets with ViaSat airborne broadband terminals and satellite services. The agreements maintain the four-year relationship with ARINC SKYLinkSM and add Rockwell Collins eXchangeTM as a distribution partner for ViaSat. Under these new agreements, Rockwell Collins has ordered additional airborne broadband systems to be delivered over a five year period while ARINC has extended its satellite services contract with ViaSat from three years to five. These contract actions represent additional orders for ViaSat of just over $26 million.
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With over sixty aircraft flying in North America, Europe, Trans-Atlantic, and Caribbean plus over 180 additional systems on order, ViaSat offers the only mobile broadband Ku-band system commercially licensed by the FCC. Using ViaSat ArcLight(r) spread spectrum modems and gateways, Ku-band service offers much higher data rates at a lower cost than competing airborne broadband systems. The system enables travelers to access their e-mail, Internet applications, corporate virtual private networks, and voice over IP (VoIP) service at speeds comparable to terrestrial cable modem service from the moment they board the plane.
"Bringing Rockwell-Collins on as a distribution partner in the business jet market for our proven Ku-band product underlines the success of our ArcLight mobile broadband system, products, and services in aeronautical markets," said Bill Sullivan, director of strategy for the ViaSat Broadband Systems group. "We're also pleased to extend our agreement with ARINC for use of our satellite gateways and network operations services in support of its SKYLink service offering."
Source : ViaSat