Is rural Wi-Fi a better satellite business than U.S. consumer broadband? Maybe, Viasat says

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Broadband hardware and services provider Viasat Inc. has begun to demonstrate that fewer, but higher-paying, consumer broadband subscribers and a growing rural-WiFi and in-flight connectivity business can more than make up for a stagnant fixed subscriber base.

In a sign that the company has lost none of its determination — or stubbornness — Viasat said it had exercised an option with Boeing Satellite Systems International for a third Viasat-3 platform, this one to be placed over the Asia-Pacific region in late 2022.

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