ViaSat, Cobham bring push-to-talk system to mobile satellite services market

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Cobham SATCOM (LSE: COB) said they have announced a strategic agreement to introduce new and innovative product and service offerings to the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market.

The first satellite terminal product from the Cobham/ViaSat collaboration is the EXPLORER 122, a compact, vehicle mount real-time IP satellite terminal, which will complement the EXPLORER PTT-II system for mission-critical voice and data communications. The proprietary Cobham PTT technology allows for the seamless handover of voice calls from cellular-to-satellite, when the terrestrial connection is lost, without interrupting the conversation.

The new EXPLORER 122, operating over the all-IP ViaSat L-band Managed Service network, features a ruggedized terminal design in a small form-factor with omni-directional antenna architecture and no moving parts, thus increasing the reliability and reducing the structure-borne noise heard from inside the vehicle. The PTT satellite service utilizes ViaSat´s new L-band waveform that offers true IP multicast voice over LightSquared´s Skyterra-1 satellite, allowing for flat rate service plans while protecting the users´ information with the most advanced commercial encryption available.

The combined PTT products and service have been specifically designed for Public Safety, Utilities, Transportation and Fleet Management markets. The EXPLORER products will continue to be sold exclusively by Cobham while the PTT satellite service will be offered by ViaSat. The EXPLORER 122 satellite terminal will start shipping early 2016.

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

ViaSat is a global broadband services and technology company that designs satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally.