June 9, 2020
In 2019, the division of the U.S. Air Force charged with managing the Department of Defense’s space assets and operations was split out into a new branch of the military. The Space Force is of particular interest to Viasat as a satellite communications company, and in this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller catches up with Ken Peterman, President of the Government Systems division at Viasat.
Peterman talks about some of the historic context behind the U.S. military’s service branches, as well as how space is being defined as a new fighting domain — just as land, sea and air are.
Some of the topics touched on in this podcast include:
- The vision of the Space Force and the critical role that will be played by commercial SATCOM providers such as Viasat;
- The unique strengths and capabilities that satellite communications providers to the American warfighter;
- The ability of services on commercial satellites to “hide in plain sight” from adversaries;
- How a flexible network that uses multiple technologies can form a resilient and seamless line of communication;
- The rapid advancement of SATCOM technology and how Viasat will play a role in that evolution going forward.
May 6, 2020
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people to adapt to work-at-home practices, it’s created an enormous shift in the data traffic patterns for internet service providers like Viasat. In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller catches up with Evan Dixon, Vice President and Head of Residential for The Americas. Topics covered include:
- How demand has spiked during the pandemic, and how data usage has changed demands on our network.
- What Viasat is doing to prioritize work-from-home and school-from-home applications during the pandemic. Plus, how the company is working to deliver as much capacity as possible to our customers.
- How managing data traffic across the network helps ensure all our subscribers continue to get good service.
- Ways in which customers can adjust their own behavior to improve their experience in their homes and across the network.
- How what we’ve learned during this period will help improve and expand our service going forward.
January 21, 2020
In this episode of the Viasat podcast, host Alex Miller talks with Melinda Kimbro, Senior Vice President — People and Culture. As Viasat’s Chief People Officer, Kimbro oversees the company’s human resources and recruitment activities, and in this interview she talks about what makes Viasat such a desirable company to work for.
January 17, 2020
In this episode of the Viasat podcast, host Alex Miller talks with Claudio D’Amico about the changes happening in the world of connected aircraft. D’Amico is director of business aviation at Viasat, and in that role he’s focused on smaller jets operated by corporations, fleets and high net-worth individuals.
December 18, 2019
In this episode of the Viasat podcast, VP of Corporate Quality Simon Kuo speaks with host Alex Miller about the company's partnership with China Satcom aimed at connecting China's growing commercial air fleet.
December 4, 2019
In this episode of the Viasat podcast, Steven Mesnick, Vice President of Marketing, discusses how areas left behind by traditional, terrestrial internet service providers can find satellite internet to be a good solution. He also discusses the new hybrid product, new satellites in the works and some of the myths about satellite internet.
October 10, 2019
In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, we talk to Cody Catalena, Vice President of Global Business Services for Viasat. In addition to being a good option for businesses outside the cable and fiber zone, Viasat’s Business Internet service also offers online continuity protection that Catalena says is something just about any business should consider.
With almost all types of businesses increasingly reliant on connectivity, having a “Plan B” for when primary service is interrupted is crucial, Catalena says. Whether it’s from a natural disaster, a fiber line cut by a construction crew of just a short primary ISP outage, a satellite backup with a failover router can turn a bad situation into a non-event.
In this interview with Alex Miller from Viasat Corporate Communications, Catalena runs through some of the basics about continuity service:
- Many businesses rely on cloud connectivity for a variety of business functions.
- Even a short outage can mean significant revenue loss for a business.
- Having a Viasat dish on the roof on standby is an affordable way to prevent outages from impacting business operations.
- Having continuity service through Viasat can mean a business’s primary internet can go down and business can continue uninterrupted.
September 11, 2019
In this episode of the Viasat podcast, we catch up with Steve Beeching, Managing Director of Viasat’s UK business. It’s clear the business Beeching heads up is growing, making key investments and developing cutting-edge, British-designed technology for the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD).
In an interview with Alex Miller with Viasat corporate communications, Beeching said Viasat’s UK business is growing its footprint in the UK and Europe and touched on a variety of topics:
- Modernization of ground and space networks for the UK Ministry of Defence
- Identifying the needs of the MoD to enhance its crypto technologies and cybersecurity capabilities
- Employing more economical and advanced technology capabilities with private sector entities such as Viasat
September 4, 2019
In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, we talk to Kevin Harkenrider, Senior Vice President and President of Broadband Systems, about the company’s global expansion.
As head of Broadband Systems, Harkenrider oversees the company’s residential, business, aviation and maritime services, among others. In the next few years, with Viasat planning to launch a global constellation of satellites (ViaSat-3) aimed at connecting much of the earth, Harkenrider will be engaged in helping transition the company into a global internet service provider.
August 8, 2019
With residential service just starting in Spain, we catch up with the managing director of Viasat Europe
In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, Viasat Europe Managing Director Evan Dixon talks with host Alex Miller about the company’s activities in Europe. Some of the topics covered in the interview include:
- The recent introduction of residential service in Spain
- The challenges of meeting customer expectations in a variety of European countries
- How the upcoming ViaSat-3 satellite over Europe has the potential to greatly expand our offerings
- How Viasat is helping the European Commission reach its 2020 goal to have people in member countries have access to internet speeds of at least 30 Mbps