By Chris Forrester
October 7, 2021
Geostationary satellite operator Viasat says it now provides Ka-band (IFC) in-flight connectivity across Brazil, which is the world’s third-largest business aviation market. The connectivity package includes the capacity of Avanti London and its Hylas satellites to cover Europe and MENA regions.
In Brazil, Viasat says its IFC system will take advantage of the capacity of the company’s Ka-band partner satellite, SGDC-1 (Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications), owned by Brazilian telecommunications service provider Telebras. Business jets operating in the country will be able to access Viasat’s advanced connectivity from takeoff to landing, at speeds typically above 20 Mbps, allowing passengers to do the same connected activities in the air as on the ground, including Video, Music and TV Streaming, Video Calling, VPN and more.
In addition, Viasat Business Aviation will soon offer extended coverage and capacity in parts of Europe and the Middle East on the HYLAS-4 and HYLAS-2 satellites of Avanti Communication Group.
“We are delighted to bring additional coverage for our advanced in-flight connectivity solution to the business aviation markets in Brazil and, in the near future, in Europe and the Middle East,” said Claudio D ‘ Amico, Business Line Director, Business Aviation. . “This coverage expansion will allow us to extend connectivity for existing operators, pursue new business in these important regions and further establish Viasat’s presence in the global market,” said Viasat.
In addition, with the launch of its giant ViaSat-3 spacecraft (scheduled for launch in 2022), these services and capacity will be further strengthened.