ViaSat and Verso Complete Interoperability Tests; LinkStar VSATs, Verso NetPerformer Offer Efficient and Cost-Effective GSM Satellite Backhaul

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ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) and Verso Technologies have successfully tested a satellite backhaul system for GSM mobile communications that can cut the cost of GSM backhaul through more efficient use of satellite bandwidth. The system combines ViaSat LinkStar(R) satellite communications networking and Verso NetPerformer(R) technology. The satellite GSM backhaul system was successfully tested in a GSM network in Papua New Guinea for Telikom PNG Ltd. Following the successful trial, Telikom PNG is planning to roll out 50 GSM over satellite remote sites throughout Papua New Guinea.

The system packetizes network traffic and dynamically assigns bandwidth based on voice and signaling volumes. Satellite backhaul links have traditionally used a fixed amount of bandwidth in an always-on mode whether traffic is flowing or not. GSM operators using the ViaSat/Verso system can now cost-effectively expand their coverage to broader service areas where terrestrial or satellite backhaul was not economical before.

The new backhaul system uses ViaSat LinkStar MF-TDMA satellite communications technology that includes advanced bandwidth allocation techniques to assign satellite bandwidth on-demand and Quality of Service features that prioritize calls and data traffic. Bandwidth allocation reduces bandwidth requirements by enabling several backhaul circuits to share a smaller pool of bandwidth. Verso NetPerformer converts the GSM traffic to an efficient IP packet-based format, reducing bandwidth requirements by as much as 50% without affecting call voice quality. In addition, Verso NetPerformer IP routing and acceleration, and legacy voice and data compression enables new services such as Wi-Fi/WiMAX hotspots to share the same network infrastructure.

Incorporating the latest DVB-S2 waveform, LinkStar(S2) VSATs offer up to 30% greater bandwidth efficiency - substantially reducing network operating costs. ViaSat also includes an S2 receiver in its LinkWay(S2) mesh-architecture remote terminals, so customers can integrate both types of terminals into the same S2-capable LinkStar hub system, enabling powerful and flexible hybrid star/mesh network architectures.

About Verso Technologies (

Verso is a global technology provider of next-generation network systems, offering a core-to-edge product portfolio primarily for telecommunications service providers. Verso products enable its customers to secure and optimize network bandwidth, generate additional revenue, and reduce costs. Verso applications and services are cost effective, deploy quickly, and provide a superior return on investment.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other 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's three wholly owned subsidiaries, US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, and Enerdyne Technologies Inc., design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, and video data link 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.

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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. The Company refers you to the documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Risk Factors in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

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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