ViaSat launches 100Mbps unlimited satellite internet across the US2018-02-28 13:20 by Daniela
Just a few weeks after launching ViaSat-2, Viasat has introduced new unlimited, residential data speed tiers in the US, including a top-end offering that delivers up to 100 Mbps downstream.
The new high-end tier, called Unlimited Platinum 100 and optimized for HD video streaming, carries an introductory price of $150 per month (with in-home WiFi included), and rises to $200 per month after three months. Viasat said Platinum 100's 100 Mbps downstream is paired with upstream speeds up to 3 Mbps.
The other plans include: Unlimited Bronze 12, offering up to 12 Mbps, starting at $50 per month ($70 per month after three months); Unlimited Silver 25, providing up to 25 Mbps, starting at $70 per month ($100 per month after three months) and Unlimited Gold 50 with up to 50 Mbps, starting at $100 per month ($150 per month after three months).
The new $625 million Via-Sat 2 satellite system serves North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a small part of northern South America.
With the new unlimited plans, Viasat is also leaning on new technologies aimed to optimize the bandwidth required for video streaming while also removing hard monthly data caps with unlimited offerings that vary based on location.
"We really are aiming to provide a service that is close to cable from a quality perspective and from a fee perspective," said Keven Lippert, Viasat's president of broadband services. "We are trying to provide that cable-like experience for the tens of millions of DSL customers out there who want higher speeds and a higher quality service."
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