ViaSat Receives Production Order From Connexion by Boeing(SM); Airborne Units to Support Commercial Broadband Service Launch in 2004.
"This demonstrates the commitment from Connexion by Boeing to equip their initial commercial launch customers with this powerful broadband Internet service. We believe the success of the current international service demos will drive the demand for ARTS units even higher," said Steve Cable, vice president, ViaSat Broadband Systems.
For the past two years ViaSat has been developing and delivering receiver and transmitter subsystems under contract to Connexion by Boeing. Ongoing service demonstrations on international carriers Lufthansa and British Airways are realizing the vision of creating an "Internet connection in the sky." The timing of these airborne modem next-generation antenna modifications and deliveries enable aircraft installations early next year in preparation for Connexion by Boeing commercial service launch in 2004.
The Connexion by Boeing system will augment existing in-flight entertainment systems by providing real-time, two-way data and audio and video entertainment services, fulfilling the modern business traveler's need to stay connected to the office, the Internet, corporate intranets and news and financial information. Leisure passengers also benefit from having additional choices for how to spend their time during flight.
"Having the high performance and power of the ARTS modems is a critical aspect of our efforts to provide real-time connectivity to our executive services and commercial airline customers," said Ed Laase, director of System Development for Connexion by Boeing. "These next-generation products enable us to provide an affordable broadband communication service to an expanding customer base, while operating over a global satellite-based network."
About Connexion by Boeing
Connexion by Boeing is a mobile information services provider that is revolutionizing the way people on the move communicate and entertain themselves by providing high-speed, two-way connectivity to aircraft in flight. Through the service, broadband (or high data-rate) connectivity is delivered seamlessly to airline seats, offering passengers personalized and secure access to the Internet, intranets, two-way e-mail (including attachments) and streaming video and audio content. Connexion by Boeing is currently the only broadband connectivity service available to the executive services market, including government and private aircraft operators, and commercial airlines and their passengers. For additional information please visit http://www.boeing.com/connexion .
ViaSat produces advanced digital satellite telecommunications and wireless signal processing systems for commercial and government markets. The company produces a full line of VSAT systems for network access and infrastructure, as well as Ka-band satellite systems, from user terminals to large gateways. Other products include satellite antenna systems, tactical communication radios, network security products, and RF communication simulators. Along with its headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, ViaSat has divisions located in Clarksburg, MD and Norcross, GA. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Washington DC, Italy, Australia, China, and India.
In addition the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, US Monolithics, designs and produces monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and modules for use in broadband communications. USM is based in Chandler, Arizona.
For additional information, please contact Steve Cable, ViaSat vice president, Broadband Systems at 760-476-2382 or Connexion by Boeing media relations, 206-655-9350.
Safe Harbor Statement
This release, particularly statements about development, demand for and deliveries of the ARTS units, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which reflect our current views of future events and financial performance, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results or facts to differ materially from these statements for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: the ability to successfully develop technologies and products according to anticipated schedules, industry conditions, changes in product supply, pricing, and customer demand, competition, other vagaries in the communication markets, changes in relationships with key suppliers and the other risks described from time to time in our reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (including our Annual Report on Form 10-K). Investors should take these risks into account when making investment decisions. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.
CONTACT: Steve Cable of ViaSat Inc., +1-678-924-2382
Web site: http://www.boeing.com/connexion
Web site: http://www.viasat.com/
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