From the Wires
ViaSat-1 and Exede Service Win 2012 Popular Science Best of What's New Award
Acknowledged as challenging the view of what's possible
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 16, 2012 02:44 PM
CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Popular Science has named the ViaSat-1 high-capacity satellite system, including Exede® Internet service for the home, as a Best of What's New Award winner for 2012.
Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses the top 100 winners across 12 categories for inclusion in the annual Best of What's New issue, the best-read issue of the year. To win, a product or technology must represent a significant step forward in its category. All of the winners are featured in this December's special issue, on newsstands now.
ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world, is part of a system that is transforming the economics and quality of service that satellite broadband can provide. The technology is elevating satellite into a much more competitive position in the broadband service marketplace with approximately 40% of new Exede Internet subscribers switching from slower DSL and wireless services. Exede Internet is four times faster than average DSL speed according to an FCC Broadband study, and eight times faster than traditional satellite Internet service. ViaSat-1 is now hosting service for nearly 150,000 Exede Internet households after its first six months in operation.
"For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what's possible in the future," said Jacob Ward, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. "The Best of What's New Award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners – chosen from among thousands of entrants – each a revolution in its field."
"This is a great honor that adds to the very positive feedback we're seeing in the marketplace for the new brand of high-speed satellite services that ViaSat-1 is enabling," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "The conceptualizing, design, building, and launch of the system took an extraordinary effort by so many of our people and this award is a great testimony to what they accomplished."
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