Viasat’s satellite internet helps bridge Brazil’s digital divide

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Company’s Market Investment Grows as it Reaches 50,000 Locations, Introduces a Localized Brand, and Serves More Than 9 Million Brazilians Through the Wi-Fi Brasil Program

SAO PAULO, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, has achieved 50,000 sites score in Brazil, helping to bridge the country’s digital divide through the provision of high-speed Internet access via satellite throughout the country. This achievement, combined with the introduction of its Brazil brand, further fuels Viasat’s commitment and investment in the market. The company, operating in Brazil since 2018, has become the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to offer residential connectivity in 100% of the territory.

Satellite Internet can reach more remote areas, even where other ISPs cannot, creating economic opportunities for businesses and communities that previously lacked access to reliable, high-quality Internet.

Viasat Internet services have also enabled people to work remotely from home, access online entertainment, stay in touch with loved ones, and more, even in areas far from shopping malls. The company’s portfolio of Internet services offered in Brazil includes residences, businesses and the federal government’s Wi-Fi Brasil program in partnership with Telebras.

Viasat’s impact on Brazil: In partnership with Telebras, via the SGDC-1 satellite, Viasat has connected government agencies and millions of students through the Wi-Fi Brasil program, resulting in the creation of more than 20,000 Internet access points, including 10 000 points located in rural and indigenous schools, health posts, service facilities, non-profit organizations and more. Consequently, more than five million students who previously lacked internet in these rural schools and indigenous communities can now enjoy online access. Together, Viasat, Telebras and the Wi-Fi Brasil program have boosted the social and digital inclusion of more than nine million Brazilians through Internet access points installed in 3,055 cities.

“Exceeding 50,000 sites since its creation from Brazil first and only national provider of residential Internet services 18 months ago demonstrates our growth in the Brazilian market. To continue our commitment through Brazil, we are also introducing a localized Viasat brand that includes more vibrant colors that reflect the essence of Brazilian culture. These achievements combined with our collaboration with Telebras and the Wi-Fi Brasil program demonstrate our investment through Brazil to help bridge the country’s digital divide and create economic opportunity by giving many Brazilians the ability to use the internet, many for the first time,” said Leandro Gaunszer, General Manager of Viasat Brazil.

While Viasat’s customers are spread across the country, 33% of its customers are in the North East, followed by 25% in the North and 21% in the South East. In terms of consumption habits, 27% of Viasat customers use its satellite Internet service to access and send messages on social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and ICT Tac, followed by 21% of customers using the service to access video and streaming services, including YouTube and Netflix. Finally, 16% of customers use the Viasat service for navigation.

About Viasat
Viasat is a global communications company that believes that everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape the way consumers, businesses, governments and the military around the world communicate. Today, the company is building the ultimate global communications network to deliver fast, secure, affordable, high-quality connections to impact people’s lives wherever they are, on land, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, visit Viasat’s corporate blog, or follow the company on social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or Youtube.

To find out more about Viasat Internet service offers in Brazilcall 0800 948 9010 or visit www.viasat.com.br.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements referring to the expected capabilities and benefits of the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation including more speed, data and streaming; and Viasat Home Internet pricing, coverage, benefits, speed, quality and other performance and plan features in Brazil. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of Viasat’s satellites, including the effect of any satellite anomalies, operational failures or degraded performance ; the risks associated with the operation of the SGDC-1 satellite, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation of the satellite’s performance; the ability to successfully implement Viasat’s business plan for broadband satellite services within Viasat’s timelines for all; contractual issues or other issues with our sales, fulfillment and support partner; product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues; technologies that do not perform as expected; Viasat’s ability to realize the expected benefits of its satellite platforms; and increased competition and other factors affecting the connectivity industry, generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Viasat assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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