ViaSat’s Dankberg on ViaSat-2 antenna glitch, Eutelsat partnership, and buying fiber

by Peter B. de Selding

Takeaways from ViaSat CEO Mark Dankberg’s remarks:

— Antenna issue on ViaSat-2 is deployment-, not design-, related.

— ViaSat-2 promise of up to 100 mbps per subscriber maintained, as is coverage area.

— Rural WiFi hotspots a promising ViaSat-2 market.

— Negotiations with Eutelsat on ViaSat-3 JV slowed by different value assessments between the partners.

— ViaSat will purchase its own fiber network to connect satellite Earth stations.

PARIS — The antenna issue that . . .

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