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ViaSat Selected to Enable Ka-band High-Capacity Satellite Services for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), King Abdul-aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is leading the transformation of satellite broadband in the KSA. KACST has selected the high-capacity Ka-band satellite system from ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) as the service platform for its National Satellite Data Network based on the system’s ability to deliver exceptional broadband speeds and a user experience similar to some of the fastest terrestrial broadband services for most applications.

The KACST contract, valued at approximately $70 million, includes gateways, network operation facilities, and end user terminals to implement the services using high-capacity Ka-band capacity hosted on the Arabsat-5C satellite. Arabsat and ViaSat collaborated on the development of Arabsat-5C to add a 10-spot beam, high-capacity Ka-band payload.

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(Source: sacbee.com)