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ViaSat today announced that it is able to deliver 25 Mbps satellite internet, via its new Exede Wi-Fi Modem. According to ViaSat, no other satellite company in the United States can offer the same speed.

The Exede Wi-Fi Modem is faster than standard DSL, which is what ViaSat is trying to replace. In communities without broadband infrastructure, satellite broadband can be a good alternative. ViaSat is also available in many cities, too. 

“We have a history of revolutionizing satellite internet, and today we unveil the Exede Wi-Fi Modem with more than double our previous speeds. At up to 25 Mbps broadband speeds, the Exede service is the fastest home satellite internet service available in the U.S.,” said Lisa Scalpone, vice president of ViaSat’s Broadband Services division. “It’s just a hint of what’s to come as we prepare for the launch of our next satellite, which will offer even faster speeds nationwide.”

The Exede Wi-Fi Modem with 25 Mbps speeds is available now in limited markets. It offers plans for as low as $49.99 on 12Mbps service, and also provides telephone service and packages including DirecTV. ViaSat, Exede’s parent company, launched its first satellite in 2011, and hopes to launch another one in early 2016 that should improve connections and latency.

Echostar’s HughesNet also intends to launch another satellite in 2016. The competitor to Exede counts almost 1 million subscribers but its download speeds max out around 15 Mbps, significantly lower than the 25 Mbps that Exede’s new service is promising.

http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/08/echostars-hughes-taps-lockheed-martin-2016-satellite-launch

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