LightSquared said it has signed a multi-year agreement with ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) in which the companies will introduce ViaSat L-band Managed Service, a new mobile satellite service that will combine the power of LightSquared´s state-of-the-art SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite, with ViaSat secure, all-IP, true packet-switched satellite technology.
The SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite provides ubiquitous coverage throughout North America. The L-band satellite enables transmissions to small, low-cost devices by using a 22-meter reflector-based antenna. ViaSat L-band Managed Service is the first to use this advanced satellite technology to bring higher data throughputs to smaller devices and provide an order of magnitude capacity improvement over comparable L-band legacy systems.
The flexible, open ViaSat L-band Managed Service enables development of applications serving the communications needs of consumer, enterprise, and government segments. A unique device ecosystem will initially include M2M, vehicular, and aviation devices designed to support a range of applications from communications for emergency first responders, to monitoring oil and gas flow through pipelines, to mobile workforce management, and tracking and monitoring of high-valued assets whether static or mobile.
LightSquared delivers mobile satellite voice, push-to-talk, data and GPS tracking services throughout North America. Its website is at www.lightsquared.com, www.facebook.com/LightSquared and www.twitter.com/LightSquared.
Based in Carlsbad, California, 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, as well as communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies.