Viasat joins Microsoft Airband Initative for broadband deployment in Africa, Central America — and the U.S.

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Broadband satellite hardware and service provider Viasat Inc.’s agreement with Microsoft’s Airband Initiative is a no-cash transaction in which each company will invest in providing broadband to specific projects in a select group of nations in Africa and the Americas.

Viasat will use its current capacity in those regions and the future Viasat-3 terabit-per-second satellites scheduled for launch in 2023 — early in the year for the satellite over the Americas, and later in the year for the second Viasat-3 over Europe . . .

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