Viasat expands Ka-band coverage across Brazil


Viasat has expanded its Ka-band business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) coverage across Brazil. The company said its high-capacity, Ka-band coverage now extended to more than 90% of the most-travelled flight paths for business aviation.

In Brazil, Viasat’s IFC system will leverage capacity on Ka-band partner satellite SGDC-1, owned by Brazilian state telecommunications services provider Telebras. Business aircraft operating in the country will be able to access Viasat’s connectivity from takeoff to touchdown, at speeds typically greater than 20Mbps. The company said this would enable passengers to do the same connected activities in the air as they do on the ground, including video, music and TV streaming, video calls, VPN and more.

Additionally, Viasat Business Aviation will soon provide expanded coverage and capacity across parts of Europe and the Middle East on the Avanti Communication Group’s HYLAS-4 and HYLAS-2 satellites.

“We’re excited to bring additional coverage for our advanced IFC solution to the business aviation markets in Brazil and, in the near future, Europe and the Middle East,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, business aviation. “This coverage expansion will enable us to extend connectivity for existing operators, pursue new business in these important regions, and further establish Viasat’s market presence globally.”

Viasat expects to augment coverage and capacity in these regions in the future with its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.

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