Profile: ViaSat Inc (VSAT.O)
6 Dec 2013
ViaSat, Inc., incorporated on October 25, 1986, is a provider of high-speed fixed and mobile broadband services, advanced satellite and other wireless networks and secure networking systems, products and services. The Company is developing complex satellite communication systems and equipment for the United States government and select commercial customers to develop satellite broadband technologies and services for both fixed and mobile users. The Company’s product, systems and broadband service offerings are often linked through common underlying technologies, customer applications and market relationships. In April 2013, it acquired LonoCloud Inc.
The Company’s conducts its business through three segments: satellite services, commercial networks and government systems. Financial information regarding its reporting segments and the geographic areas in which it operates is included in the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto.
The Company’s satellite services segment provides retail and wholesale satellite-based broadband services for its consumer, enterprise and mobile broadband customers primarily in the United States. ts satellite services business also provides a platform for the provision of network management services to domestic and international satellite service providers. The Company’s Exede services are designed to offer a broadband service choice to the millions of unserved and under-served consumers in the United States and to significantly expand the quality, capability and availability of high-speed broadband satellite services for United States consumers and enterprises.
The primary services offered by its satellite services segment are consists of Retail and Wholesale Broadband Satellite Services, Mobile Broadband Services, Enterprise Broadband Services. The Company’s retail and wholesale broadband satellite services offered under the Exede and WildBlue brands provide two-way satellite-based broadband Internet access to consumers and small businesses in the United States. It offers a range of service plans to both retail and wholesale customers, with pricing based on a number of different factors, including bandwidth limits, service quality levels and terms of distribution. The Company offers wholesale broadband services to its national and regional distribution partners, including direct-to-home satellite video providers, retail service providers and communications companies. As of March 29, 2013, the Company provided broadband satellite services to approximately 512,000 subscribers.
The Company Yonder mobile broadband services provide global network management and high-speed Internet connectivity services for customers using airborne, maritime and ground-mobile satellite systems. It also offers high-speed broadband services to enterprises, who are increasingly requiring higher speed, more economical communications in hard-to-reach locations, as well as mobile broadband solutions. Its enterprise broadband services include high definition satellite news gathering, in-flight WiFi, live on-line event streaming, and rapid response services.
The Company’s commercial networks segment develops and produces a variety of advanced end-to-end satellite and other wireless communication systems and ground networking equipment and products that address five key market segments: consumer, enterprise, in-flight, maritime and ground mobile applications. These communication systems, networking equipment and products are generally developed through a combination of customer and discretionary internal research and development funding, and are either sold toits commercial networks customers or utilized to provide services through its satellite services segment. With the commercial satellite network engineering, gateway construction and remote terminal manufacturing for various types of interactive communication services, combined with its advanced satellite technology and systems integration experience, the Company has the ability to design, build, initially operate and then hand over on a turnkey basis, fully operational, customized satellite communication systems capable of serving a variety of markets and applications. The Company’s networking equipment and products include consumer broadband networking and indoor and outdoor customer premise equipment (CPE), satellite modem and antenna technologies, earth stations and satellite networking hubs. In particular, its consumer broadband products, satellite modems and antenna technologies enable airborne, ground mobile and maritime broadband communications and support expanding mobile and consumer broadband markets worldwide. In addition, the strength of its core government systems business provides them with an effective platform to continue to design and develop new equipment and products, as it adapts and customizes communication systems and products designed for the government systems segment to commercial use and vice versa.
The Company’s satellite communication systems, ground networking equipment and products cater to a wide range of domestic and international commercial customers and include: Fixed Satellite Networks, Mobile Broadband Satellite Communication Systems, Antenna Systems and Satellite Networking Development. The Company is an end-to-end network technology supplier for the fixed satellite consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s satellite network infrastructure and ground terminals are designed to access Ka-band broadband services on high-capacity satellites such as ViaSat-1, KA-SAT (Eutelsat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite, which serves Europe and parts of the Middle East and Africa), and NBN Co. 1A and NBN Co. 1B (NBN Co.’s high capacity Ka-band satellites being built to serve Australia). The Company’s SurfBeam network systems and modems enable satellite broadband access for residential or home office customers.
The Company’s mobile satellite communication systems and related products provide high-speed, cost-efficient broadband access while on the move via small transceivers, and are designed for use in aircraft, high-speed trains and seagoing vessels. The Company also sells similar mobile satellite systems to government customers, which is included in its government satellite communication systems business. It develops, designs, produces, tests and installs turnkey ground terminals and antennas for terrestrial and satellite applications, specializing in geospatial imagery, mobile satellite communication, Ka-band gateways and other multi-band antennas. The Company through its Comsat Labs division, it offers specialized design and technology services covering all aspects of satellite communication system architecture and technology, including the analysis, design, and specification of satellites and ground systems, ASIC and MMIC design and production, and WAN compression for enterprise networks.
The Company’s government systems segment develops and produces network-centric Internet protocol (IP)-based secure fixed and mobile government communications systems, products, services and solutions, which are designed to enable the collection and dissemination of secure real-time digital information between command centers, communications nodes and air defense systems. Customers of its government systems segment include the United States Department of Defense (DoD), armed forces, public safety first-responders and remote government employees. The primary products and services of its government systems segment include Government Satellite Communication Systems, Information Assurance and Tactical Data Links.
The Company’s government satellite communication systems offer an array of portable, mobile and fixed broadband modems, terminals, network access control systems and antenna systems using a range of satellite frequency bands for line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Command and Control (C2) missions, satellite networking services and global mobile broadband capability with satellite technologies. Satellite-based systems are increasingly seen as the reliable method of connecting rapidly moving armed forces who may out-run the range of terrestrial radio links. Its systems, products and service offerings are designed to support high-throughput broadband data links, to increase available bandwidth using existing satellite capacity, and to withstand certain catastrophic events. Its range of broadband modems, terminals and systems support high-speed broadband and multimedia transmissions over point-to-point, mesh and hub-and-spoke satellite networking systems, and include products designed for manpacks, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), seagoing vessels, ground mobile vehicles and fixed applications.
The Company’s information security and assurance products provide advanced, high-speed IP-based Type 1 and High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryption (HAIPE)-compliant encryption solutions that enable military and government users to communicate information securely over networks, and that secure data stored on computers and storage devices. Its encryption products and modules use a programmable, high-assurance architecture that can be easily upgraded in the field or integrated into existing communication networks, and are available both on a stand-alone basis and as embedded modules within its tactical radio, information distribution and other satellite communication systems and products.
The Company develops and produces tactical radio and information distribution systems that enable real-time collection and dissemination of video and data using secure, jam-resistant transmission links from manned aircraft, ground mobile vehicles and other remote platforms to networked communication and command centers. Key products in this category includes its Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals for military fighter jets and their successor, MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS-JTRS) terminals, disposable weapon data links and portable small tactical terminals.
The Company competes with Astrium, AT&T, CenturyLink, Clearwire, Earthlink, Frontier, Gilat, EchoStar (Hughes Network Systems), iDirect Technologies, Inmarsat, Newtec, Panasonic, Row 44, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), Thales , Verizon, ASC Signal, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Zodiac Data Systems, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Harrisand Rockwell Collins.
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