Realistic expectations

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I would like to get a real expectation of what Via Sat 2 will bring to its customers. Specifically, will the satellite be able to provide CONSISTENT speeds of 25 mb during peak times (5 PM and after)? Just curious as to what is the realistic expectation for us as customers.
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Deb

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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I think closer to time we'll have more specific details. The cut and dry issue is that this will double our ENTIRE bandwidth and capability. ViaSat 1 is where most of our customers are pulling their service from. ViaSat 2 is going to be an updated version. So we feel that this will certainly help us handle the times that the network is at capacity. We already have plans for ViaSat 3 in a few years (eyeing around 2020 or so) to support ViaSat 2's workload. The internet is shaped and formed at a quick rate. 4 years ago Netflix for the most part meant DVDs in the mail. Today some people are cutting their cable to do that instead. So the bar keeps rising for the internet. We are launching these satellites to keep up but much like DSL/Cable, capacity will inevitably happen (while they have a easier time at sending out data and speeds, they too are vicitim to slower performance when things are busiest and some are even implementing data caps. 

As we go through the tests in the link below, we'll be able to give accurate information on how this will perform for our customers. 

https://www.viasat.com/news/what-happens-after-viasat-2-launches-step-2-orbit-test
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Deb

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Brad, thanks for the reply. Will Exede have the ability to run tests against the current customer base to simulate "worst case scenarios" in terms of bandwidth usage?
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A lot of why we're not making it available in say August or something is because we want to stress test, we want to make sure we have proper communication and control of the satellite, we basically want to make sure it's fully ready before releasing it to everyone.