Don't know any details at this time on coverage or monopoly contract for Canada.
2 are ordered at this time, 1 for the Americas and 1 for Europe/Africa, with the 3rd being for East Asia.
ViaSat expects each satellite to have 1 terabyte-per-second network capacity, which could power 100 megabit-per-second Internet service to homes and high definition, video-streaming Wi-Fi on commercial airlines.
Today, ViaSat’s Exede Internet service delivers about 12 megabits-per-second download speeds on average using the company’s first generation, 140 gigabit-per-second satellite launched in 2011. Exede has 687,000 residential subscribers in the U.S.
The first of the three next-generation satellites is expected to launch in 2019, said Chief Executive Mark Dankberg. It will target the Americas. The second satellite is forecast for launch a year later and would focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The timing of the third satellite, which covers Asia/Pacific, hasn’t been determined.
These new satellites would make ViaSat a global provider of broadband Internet service. Today, it operates solely in North America.
“The innovations in the ViaSat-3 system do what until now has been impossible in the telecommunications industry — combining enormous network capacity with global coverage, and dynamic flexibility to allocate resources according to geographic demand,” Dankberg said.
The company estimates the all-in cost of building the first two ViaSat-3 satellites —including launch, insurance and ground equipment — at $1 billion to $1.2 billion, said Dankberg.