Broadband services

ViaSat Offering 25 Mbit/s With New Modem

ViaSat unveiled a new WiFi modem that offers download speeds up to 25 Mbit/s, which it claims is the fastest from any satellite-based ISP.

The Exede WiFi Modem will be available only in select areas, and only to new customers. The company is calling plans that include the modem "SpeedBoost."

ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) will not say where the service is available. Plugging random zip codes into the company's web page reveals that many of the first markets are on the West Coast.

The higher speeds will be available with new service plans starting as low as $10 more per month than the cost of Exede 12 Mbit/s service plans. That means that once the initial promotional pricing elapses (after three months), plans will start at $80/month. The monthly fee goes up from there, depending on data allowance -- between 12GB and 30GB a month.

According to a ViaSat policy document , "If you are a subscriber to a SpeedBoost + WiFi Plan, SpeedBoost only applies to data used within your data allowance or other data threshold. For Liberty plans, SpeedBoost applies only to Priority Data, not Liberty Pass."

According to the company, the new Exede WiFi Modem includes a built-in wireless router, multiple Ethernet ports and an integrated Exede Voice adapter for optional home phone service.

For existing customers, Speedboost will be a way to reach their data caps faster.

— Brian Santo, Senior Editor, Components, T&M, Light Reading

KBode 11/22/2015 | 10:19:04 AM
Re: Faster Speeds Don't= Faster use of Data Most ISPs are over-provisioning their advertised speeds after the FCC a few years ago started naming and shaming ISPs that failed horribly to deliver advertised rates during prime time.

I had no idea that their 12 Mbps tier was pushing closer to 30 Mbps. That's good to hear for a company that spent the last decade being the broadband industry whipping boy due to high prices, slow speeds, latency and usage caps.
HawaiiAr86054 11/20/2015 | 4:59:48 PM
Faster Speeds Don't= Faster use of Data It wouldn't get current customers to use their data faster, Example if you have Liberty 30 and use 20GB a month it would still be 20 GB used, you just wouldn't have to wait as long for your pages to load! Not that exede has a slow speed even now, They are called Exede for a reason, Because the Exede the speeds advertised 12Mb, I see 20-30Mb speeds now! So if they are gonna advertise 25Mb it's probaly going to get closer to 50Mb!!!
Mitch Wagner 11/19/2015 | 8:05:03 PM
Droll "For existing customers, Speedboost will be a way to reach their data caps faster."

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