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WildBlue arranges to buy more terminals

Thu, 05/24/2007 - 8:07am
Brian Santo

Invigorated by partnerships with AT&TDirecTV, and EchoStarWildBlue Communications has placed an order for as many as half a million more satellite terminals with ViaSat.

The two have signed a requirements contract to supply the next 500,000 Ka-band satellite terminals to be deployed by WildBlue on its WildBlue-1 and Anik F2 satellites. Together with units already delivered, the number of terminals supplied by ViaSat is expected to exceed 750,000.

The contract provides for the possibility of yet another extension, should WildBlue gain access to more capacity on other Ka-band satellites. The contract, which also includes network infrastructure upgrades and software support services, could exceed a value of $200 million over the next three to five years, ViaSat said.

WildBlue now claims more than 160,000 customers of its DOCSIS-based data service. The company’s WildBlue-1 Ka-band satellite, launched in March, increased its capacity to handle up to 750,000 more subscribers.

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