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