ViaSat, Satcom Direct Team on Yonder Broadband

 - March 5, 2009, 11:19 AM

ViaSat today named Satcom Direct a reseller of its new Yonder Ku-band satellite broadband service for business jets. Based on ViaSat’s ArcLight technology and using a lightweight, 12-inch antenna, Yonder is capable of providing download speeds of up to 10 megabits per second in flight. The service is available over North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, the North Pacific and the Arabian Gulf. It will be expanded to much of the rest of the world by early next year. The reseller agreement also allows Satcom Direct, a provider of Inmarsat and Iridium satellite communications services based in Melbourne, Fla., to offer satellite data service to Gulfstream operators flying with Broad Band Multi Link (BBML) equipment. The ViaSat BBML gear is currently flying in about 80 Gulfstreams. Previously the Ku service, which provides download speeds of up to 3.5 megabits per second, was available only through Arinc Direct. Carlsbad, Calif.-based ViaSat also provides the satellite link for Rockwell Collins’s eXchange air-to-ground broadband service.