ViaSat Universal Service Installations for HeliosNet in Russia Expand to Over 1,000 Sites: Russian Service Provider Installing Communal Access Points in 11 Regions Using ViaSat LinkStarS2 System

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ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) has expanded its contribution to universal communications access in Russia, having installed over 1,000 LinkStar(R)S2 satellite networking terminals over the past year. Working through Russian service provider HeliosNet, the VSAT network deployments also include three LinkStar DVB-S2 hubs.

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Our commitment to the thriving Russian communications market continues to be proven by the success of ViaSat and HeliosNet in bringing Internet access to the most difficult and remote locations of this enormous territory

    HeliosNet has won rights to provide USO (Universal Service Obligation) services in 11 regions comprising 1524 villages using LinkStar VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals). The Russian Federal Communication Agency USO program is installing communal Internet access points for all remote area populations in the Russian Federation. The access points host communication services such as Web browsing, e-mail, education, entertainment, and government information access.

"Our commitment to the thriving Russian communications market continues to be proven by the success of ViaSat and HeliosNet in bringing Internet access to the most difficult and remote locations of this enormous territory," commented Robert Feierbach, managing director, Europe and Latin America for ViaSat.

The hub-based LinkStarS2 system incorporates the DVB-S2 waveform that offers up to 30% greater bandwidth efficiency, substantially reducing network operating costs and increasing network capacity. In addition to DVB-S2 savings, the LinkStar system now also includes ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation) in which the downstream carrier dynamically changes its modulation and coding in response to changing link conditions. In environments prone to unpredictable and heavy weather, ACM provides up to 46% reduction in satellite bandwidth compared to a non-ACM implementation of DVB-S2. The LinkStarS2A system also includes ViaSat-exclusive Dynamic Link Adaptation (DLA) to provide operators even more improvements in performance reliability when satellite signal strength degrades.

About HeliosNet (

HeliosNet is a Moscow-based telecommunication service provider. The company offers a variety of telecommunication services, including satellite Internet access, for government, commercial organizations and private individuals throughout the Russian Federation.

About ViaSat

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company has five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.

Forward-Looking Statements

Portions of this release, particularly statements about the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at, including without limitation, ViaSat's annual reports on Form 10-K and ViaSat's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation. All additional products are trademarks of their respective owners.

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