WildBlue Increases Capacity

WildBlue recently undertook a series of software and hardware upgrades that it said increased the capacity of its satellite broadband platform by 31 percent.

The company said the effort has increased total network capacity by more than 150,000 additional customers since the beginning of the year. WildBlue said the upgrades bring its total network capacity to more than 640,000 customers, with capacity available throughout the entire country.

"When you're the fastest growing broadband satellite provider, you have to continue to provide room to grow," said David Leonard, WildBlue's CEO. "Our total system capacity to date is now 31 percent above where we started the year which is great news for our retailers and wholesalers who are working hard to bring on new customers."

The upgrades involved the addition of enhanced transmission link hardware and software technologies that enable transmission of 50 percent more information bits through the same existing radio link. As a result, an increase of nearly 50 percent in capacity is realized in beams that were previously upstream - return path - constrained, WildBlue said.