Who is ViaSat?
ViaSat is a communication company based in Carlsbad, California, that provides equipment and services for military and commercial communications, primarily in satellite related technologies. ViaSat was ranked 135 on the 200 Best Small Companies list by Forbes in October 2010 and was ranked 31st by Space News on its list of the Top 50 Space Companies with $414 million in revenues from space business in 2008.
Lockheed-Martin Global Telecommunications' VSAT group (LMGT) specializing in broadband satellite network terminals and based in Germantown, MD was acquired by ViaSat in 2001 and renamed to Comsat Laboratories. LMGT had previously acquired the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) in 2001.
Stonewood Group, UK was acquired by ViaSat in 2010 for approximately $20 million.
WildBlue Communications is ViaSat's two-way satellite Internet service provider subdivision. Serving over 400,000 subscribers within the 48 contiguous United States, the company offers services to home and business customers directly and via resellers including DISH Network, AT&T and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
WildBlue launched as an independent company in October 2004 after gaining access rights to the Telesat Anik F2 satellite. It conducted formal technical testing until January 2005, followed by nationwide beta testing, before the first residential retail customers had services installed in June 2005. A dealer network was established to provide installation and customer service to clients throughout the 48 contiguous United States. The company was acquired by ViaSat on October 1, 2009 for $568 million (in cash and stock). The division currently holds a 44 percent of the U.S. satellite ISP market.
On October 6, 2011, a software error knocked out Anik F2, one of the satellites serving WildBlue customers, for approximately one day.