Just out of curiosity does Viasat use GEO ore MEO satellites? And do they ever have any plans to use LEO Satellites? And if not the big question is why when future competition seems to being going th LEO route.
ViaSat uses GEO satellites. They won't be so foolish to use LEO because most of the planet surface is water and there are very few subscribers out in the ocean yet LEO investments are over water most of the time. It's bad customer location economics. GEO lets a company like ViaSat use spot beams and point all the resources where the potential customers are located. It's also easier to keep 1 high-powered GEO satellite in position and operating than 4,500 LEO all over the planet. Others might do it because it's quick, cheap and dirty. ViaSat builds for the long-term, much like space infrastructure.
But what about them using meo for like say i different type of sub for people who need lower pings from what i learned in class today meo is like the best of both worlds it seems. Just curious. I understand leo has to be replaced every 5 years.