The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced that they have bestowed Industry Innovators Awards on Eutelsat Communications and ViaSat Inc. in recognition of the development and launch of their High Throughput Satellites, KA-SAT and ViaSat-1. Both companies are transforming the landscape for satellite broadband and are delivering a broadband experience matching terrestrial services through KA-SAT and ViaSat-1.

The SSPI Awards recognise outstanding new contributions to the field of satellite communications by private and public sector organizations. Honorees are chosen by a committee of industry experts for accomplishments ranging across a broad spectrum of advanced satellite technology and business applications. The Awards will be presented on March 12 during the Satellite 2012 conference in Washington DC.

In a joint statement, Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat and Mark Dankberg, CEO of ViaSat said: “It is an honour for our efforts to be rewarded by the SSPI and encourages both our organizations to pursue our vision to deliver high quality broadband services to the millions of consumers lacking high speed broadband. The innovative services offered today on KA-SAT and ViaSat-1 are just the beginning of this transformation of satellite.”