Could we get an update on Viasat 2 network integration?

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Grumpyoldman

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Grumpyoldman

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thanks. I did not notice an e-mail about a post from Alex Yesterday, but that answers part of my question
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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Are you asking how the VS-2 satellite will overlay the VS-1 existing network? If so, we don't have those details yet.
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Grumpyoldman

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I was asking if the satellite had begun to communicate with the gateways. And if not when is that expected to happen. I would also like to know if the new gateways are able to route data to/from  external networks.
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I personally would not expect ViaSat2 to start communicating with the gateways until it reaches geosynchronous orbit, which, from what I understand, will happen around the end of this year (2017) or shortly thereafter.  Right now, the satellite is slowly pushing itself into its assigned geosynchronous orbit.  The rocket that launched it only put it into an orbit around the earth and not the orbit it needs to be in.
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Matt B, Viasat Employee

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Hey Grumpyoldman, 

Viasat 2 isn't going to be fully online until 2018, per current estimates.  It's going to take a while to get it into it's orbital slot, as well as lots of testing to get it integrated with our current network.  

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Any idea of the home customers' speed and download amount changes after the satellite is online and fully functional?
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Steve Frederick, Champion

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As Exede Alex and the moderators have stated in other threads, those details will not be released until later in the year, or early next year, as ViaSat 2 gets closer to implementation.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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It's also not like we're holding that information, we have some expectations but we have to go through a lot of testing and then we can finally give details. 
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Tommy Sawyer

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I would gladly be an beta tester!?
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Tommy Sawyer

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I wonder if viasat 2 will have any technology to reduce ping time? I know of the limitations of satellite communications but didn't know if some reductions were possible.
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Old Labs

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Exede already does that with its web acceleration technology (formerly known as Accelenet).

While it doesn't reduce latency (and really can't reduce inherent latency), it does work to minimize its effects by reducing the number of round trips required (and that won't impact simple ping tests). Undoubtedly they'll continue to tweak that technology but as more and more sites adopt HTTPS, they'll be unable to perform the deep packet inspection that is probably required for that technology.     
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In the range of 550 ms is about as low as the laws of physics will allow. The Satellite is roughly 23,000 miles above the equator so, a minimum of a 46000 mile round trip at the speed of light (186,282 miles per second, in a vacuum.) 

The exact distance your signal travels depends on your exact geographic location and, the exact location of your Gateway and, is slightly longer than if both you and your gateway were on the equator. Limittations of ground based components (servers, routers, modems, cables form the gateway to whatever site you are connecting to, etc...) all play a role as well, not all of it under Viasat's control.

Pings in the 600 to 700 ms range are excellent for satellite internet service.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Unfortunately that's all correct. We will see improvements data-wise and things like streaming be something that can easily be done.