Viasat Inc., a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Winner, and Facebook are working together to accelerate the deployment of affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet to communities that lack reliable internet or have no connectivity at all.
The two companies are working together to make the internet accessible to more people in rural areas around the world – starting with our neighbor to the south, Mexico.
The collaboration between Viasat and Facebook will to help accelerate the deployment of Viasat’s market-leading satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi hotspot service, which is an innovative, proven approach to bringing high-speed, affordable Wi-Fi directly to consumer’s devices, where internet service was previously ineffective or unavailable.
The Viasat service requires minimal local infrastructure, is highly-sustainable and rapidly scalable in emerging markets where large gaps exist among demand, affordability and availability of internet services.
As part of this project, Viasat will place high-speed satellite Wi-Fi hotspots, delivered as an affordable pre-paid service, at thousands of rural locations.
(Everyone deserves to be connected. Viasat’s Community Wi-Fi service delivers internet connectivity to communities in Mexico that never had access before now. Watch how these residents in remote parts of Mexico have had their lives positively impacted through internet access. Courtesy of Viasat and YouTube. Posted on Apr 12, 2018.)
Facebook is working with Viasat to help identify optimal deployment locations within Viasat’s current and planned satellite coverage, and investing in the roll-out.
“Facebook is committed to working with industry partners around the world to help bring more people online to a faster internet,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, vice president, Facebook Connectivity.
“Viasat’s rapidly growing Community Wi-Fi hotspot service, already available to over one million people in rural Mexico, is an example of a model that can help overcome the global connectivity challenges of accessibility and affordability, particularly in hard to reach rural areas.”
“We are excited to partner with an industry leader like Viasat to accelerate Wi-Fi network deployments.”
“Our joint initiative will enable more people to connect with friends and family, share knowledge and access education and career opportunities.”
The collaborative effort will initially focus on Mexico, bringing internet connectivity to remote regions of the country, while pursuing opportunities to expand the project globally.
“Enabling the next four billion internet users to come online is one of the grand challenges of our time – and participating in that is also one of the most exciting and rewarding opportunities of the mobile internet era,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO, Viasat.
“Rural communities, especially in emerging markets, are often the hardest to serve economically, yet are a vivid example of how Viasat’s innovative space communication systems can bring broadband communication services to the places that need it most, at the lowest bandwidth costs.”
“We are pleased with the support that Facebook is bringing to our initiative and excited about the opportunity to accelerate the pace at which we can scale.”
Viasat is seeing rapid growth in its Community Wi-Fi service in Mexico, having brought the internet within reach to more than one million Mexican citizens, delivering up to 100 Megabit per second speeds at affordable prices, in less than one year since the company’s launch.
Today, Viasat’s Community Wi-Fi service leverages the world’s most advanced high-capacity satellite, ViaSat-2, and they are currently building a global constellation of three next-generation ultra-high-capacity satellites, known as the ViaSat-3 class of satellites, to bring affordable high-speed, high-quality internet connectivity to even the hardest areas to reach on earth.
Viasat Takes Platinum in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
Best Cyber Security Program for Government or Military
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The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, Desktop Alert, and Royal Holdings Technologies.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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|Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System||Interagency Interdiction Operation||Cloud Computing/Storage Solution|
|Facial/IRIS Recognition||Body Worn Video Product||Cyber Security|
|Video Surveillance/VMS||Mobile Technology||Anti-Malware|
|Audio Analytics||Disaster Preparedness||ID Management|
|Thermal/Infrared Camera||Mass Notification System||Fire & Safety|
|Metal/Weapon Detection||Rescue Operations||Critical Infrastructure|
|License Plate Recognition||Detection Products||And Many Others!|
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2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East