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Keven Lippert on Viasat’s business in the UK

Keven Lippert on Viasat’s business in the UK

June 24, 2022

Ongoing work with MOD and pending Inmarsat acquisition are top priorities

 

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller speaks with Keven Lippert, Viasat chief commercial officer, about the company’s business in the UK. Viasat has been active in the UK for a number of years — particularly with the Ministry of Defence — and is growing its footprint with new offices, more personnel and a pending acquisition that will greatly enhance its presence in the country.

 

Topics covered in this podcast episode include:

 

  • A bit of history on Viasat in the UK, including our acquisition of Stonewood in 2010 that has been the foundation for the encryption products we provide for the UK Ministry of Defence;
  • How the acquisition of RigNet in 2021 has also expanded our presence in Scotland with products and services for the energy industry;
  • The upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation and how the second satellite over Europe, the Middle East and Africa represents another large investment in broadband infrastructure in the UK;
  • The company’s new office in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and our relationship with the UK Space Agency as well as the European Space Agency;
  • The pending acquisition of global satellite operator Inmarsat and how it will enhance our network in the UK and beyond.
Viasat’s Ken Buer on phased array antennas

Viasat’s Ken Buer on phased array antennas

April 19, 2022

How the technology and a growing global network position Viasat

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller talks with Ken Buer, chief technical officer for our Viasat Arizona office, about phased array antenna technology and the shift to Commercial Satellite Internet (CSI) applications. As Buer explains, CSI is a pivot away from purpose-built satellites, such as those created by the U.S. Government, to a model where commercial satellite operators such as Viasat provide a more economical solution that also affords customers the latest, updated technology and a global network. He also details how phased array antennas with beam-forming capabilities will be key to realizing the most benefit out of CSI.

Topics discussed in this podcast episode:

  • CSI improvements via a new generation of phased array antennas, which have the ability to electronically form beams to work with multiple satellites as well as for moving objects such as planes, ships and trains
  • How several locations within Viasat are collaborating on phased array antenna designs aimed at improving their performance as well as reducing their cost
  • How flat-panel phased array antennas can be ideal for things such as fighter aircraft, where the ability to move the antenna quickly is vital and the low-profile design reduces drag
  • Viasat’s vertically integrated model and how Buer, as a system designer, says it give him the freedom to better optimizing how software is integrated with hardware
  • The company’s ability to provide end-to-end security and capability

Forward-Looking Statement

This podcast discussion contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements about the expected benefits and performance of Viasat’s government business and military communications capability, and the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, and technologies that do not perform according to expectations. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

How big is that satellite? A primer on satellite categories

How big is that satellite? A primer on satellite categories

April 13, 2022

Satellites come in many shapes and sizes for a variety of missions. Here's a podcast version of one of our more popular posts on the Viasat Stories blog.

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All about Viasat’s defense business with Craig Miller

All about Viasat’s defense business with Craig Miller

March 30, 2022

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller chats with Craig Miller, President of Government systems at Viasat. A veteran of over 25 years with the company, Miller took on the top job with the division in May of 2021. In this interview, he discusses his path at Viasat and gets into what’s ahead in the coming years as the defense landscape is shifting significantly.

 

Topics covered in this podcast include:

                                                                   

  • The transformational changes coming to military operations and communications
  • How SATCOM as a service enables defense forces to more quickly adapt new technology, stay up to date more easily, and realize more cost savings along the way
  • Multi-domain operations and how they relate to the Department of Defense efforts to align communications within and between the branches of the military
  • How Viasat is positioned to help with the National Defense Space Architecture effort being led by the Space Development Agency
  • The crucial role of security amid growing threats and how Viasat’s well-established cybersecurity expertise gives it an edge
  • The ways in which using multiple orbits and a hybrid approach could be the ideal solution for military SATCOM in the coming years
  • How the upcoming ViaSat-3 global constellation has the potentialy to vastly improve the Viasat network’s capacity and coverage, all of which stands to greatly benefit our government customers

 

Forward-Looking Statement

This podcast discussion contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements about the expected benefits and performance of Viasat’s government business and military communications capability, and the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, and technologies that do not perform according to expectations. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

 

In-flight connectivity trends with Don Buchman

In-flight connectivity trends with Don Buchman

March 21, 2022

Viasat’s head of commercial aviation on how the industry is roaring back

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller welcomes back Don Buchman, vice president and general manager for Commercial Aviation. It’s been a challenging couple of years for the aviation industry, but as it pulls out of the pandemic slump, Buchman sees a growing trend for airlines to improve their in-flight connectivity service.

As passengers increasingly expect Wi-Fi in the air to perform like what they get at their homes and offices, Viasat’s high-capacity satellite network has been able to deliver that kind of experience. At the same time, Buchman says, airlines are looking at ways to add value in other ways beyond just connectivity.

Topics touched on in this podcast:

  • The growing trend for airlines to up their game in the in-flight connectivity space
  • How offering free Wi-Fi in the air can be a viable business model
  • The ways in which streaming video is greatly increasing bandwidth demand and how Viasat is poised to address that
  • New airline customers Viasat has added in the past year and the continued growth of the company’s Commercial Aviation division
  • The rapid pace at which Viasat has been installing systems on aircraft
  • The importance of “capacity density” when it comes to meeting demand — even at busy airport hubs
  • Considerations around satellites in different orbits and how a future hybrid network could offer the best of all worlds
  • The upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation and how its capacity and global coverage will be a boon for our airline customers
A brief history of internet service providers

A brief history of internet service providers

February 23, 2022

From the early days of dial-up to ultra-high capacity satellite ISPs like Viasat, a quick look of how internet has changed over the years.

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Brendan Sullivan on how operational AI is changing business

Brendan Sullivan on how operational AI is changing business

February 18, 2022

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller sits down with Brendan Sullivan, senior vice president of Intelligent Edge Solutions. This is a new division of the company that includes Intelie, an operational AI platform that came to Viasat with the 2021 acquisition of RigNet.

While artificial intelligence and big data are certainly industry buzzwords, Sullivan offers some concrete examples of how operational AI can help sensor-dependent industries realize significant efficiencies, cost reductions, and added safety by making thousands of calculations a second. Combined with the connectivity power of Viasat, IES also offers video intelligence, cybersecurity, and the power of hybrid networks to bring sophisticated tech to remote operations.

Topics touched on in this podcast include:

  • How the energy industry is benefiting from operational AI, as well as other areas where Viasat Intelligent Edge Solutions can be effectively applied in the future
  • The ways in which digital augmentation can drive substantial savings with small tweaks that add up incrementally
  • The importance of educating customers about the right way to implement an AI platform and interpret the data
  • The current global presence of IES and how loyalty with its current customers can aid in Viasat’s global expansion
  • How the connectivity power of Viasat will super-charge what Intelie can do, and how Intelie has the potential to be instrumental managing parts of the Viasat network
How satellite internet works - mini-cast

How satellite internet works - mini-cast

January 27, 2022

Ever wondered how satellite internet works? Here's a brief outline of how it's similar in many ways to traditional internet providers, but with a few key differences.

Viasat’s COO looks to the year ahead

Viasat’s COO looks to the year ahead

January 4, 2022

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller speaks with Viasat Chief Operating Officer Kevin Harkenrider. Promoted to the role last fall, Harkenrider speaks to the busy road ahead as Viasat prepares to launch and monetize its global satellite constellation, ViaSat-3.

Harkenrider has been with Viasat since 2006 and has occupied a number of different roles with the company in that time.

Some of the topics touched upon in this episode:

  • Preparing for the global markets where ViaSat-3 will deliver service and navigating the regulatory landscape in a variety of countries
  • Determining the role third-party partners will play
  • How increased competition in the satellite internet market aligns with increasing demand around the world and Harkenrider’s view that there’s room for all to flourish
  • The advantage of ViaSat-3’s flexible beam structure and how it enables more strategic placement of capacity
  • How Viasat continues to position itself to be an employer of choice amid the backdrop of the shift to remote work and a more mobile workforce
  • The importance of accountability across the organization as it grows globally
  • Six traits of a leader where Harkenrider says he’s always trying to earn an “A” himself
How business aviation connectivity is changing

How business aviation connectivity is changing

December 14, 2021
Claudio D’Amico and James Person on how Viasat is addressing the challenge

 

In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller speaks with two leaders from our Business Aviation division: Claudio D’Amico and James Person.

For business and private aircraft, in-flight Wi-Fi has moved quickly in the past decade from a nice-to-have amenity on board to a necessity — especially for business travelers using their time in the air to be online and conducting business.

Similar to how our expectations of what our internet service can do on the ground have changed, air travelers’ idea of what constitutes good in-flight connectivity has increased commensurately. Where once the ability to send a text from 45,000 feet seemed miraculous, now it’s possible to get speeds good enough to stream video and engage in video-chat meetings.

Viasat has been steadily improving its service to these users, with download speeds of 30 Mbps and higher now the norm, and with more advances on the horizon.

Some of the topics touched upon in this episode:

  • How the introduction of Viasat Select has given greater value and flexibility to customers on our high-speed Ka-band network
  • Some of the ways in which business and personal travel in these aircraft has changed over the course of the pandemic
  • Who are the people flying on these aircraft? It’s not just CEOs and high-net-worth individuals.
  • The importance of satellite capacity when it comes to delivering the bandwidth needed in flight
  • Viasat’s ability to match a particular type of connectivity solution with the needs of the end users and the type of aircraft upon which it’s installed, as well as how the company is looking to expand its offerings to other airframes and markets
  • How the increasing demand for more data is being met with our current fleet and how the upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation will vastly improve both capacity and coverage across the globe
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