WildBlue Communications said it has completed a series of hardware and software system upgrades that have increased its total network capacity to cover an additional 150,000 potential customers since the beginning of 2008. 

The upgrades bring WildBlue's total network capacity to more than 640,000. The increase is in keeping with previously announced expansion plans.

The most recent upgrade involves the addition of enhanced transmission link hardware and software technologies that enable the transmission of 50 percent more capacity on the upstream through the existing radio link. 

Thad Mazurczyk, WildBlue's VP of engineering, said, “Additional upgrades are planned across our network throughout the rest of the year, and are expected to result additional capacity, with some beams in our high-demand areas enjoying capacity increases of as much as 65 percent since the beginning of the year."

WildBlue estimates that there are more than 11 million households in areas throughout the U.S. where DSL or cable broadband services are not available, and that more than 7.5 million of these households are still accessing the Internet through a traditional dial-up connection.

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