CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian-based UGL Limited will complete gateway installations for the NBN Co high-capacity satellite system after signing a contract with ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT). Installation, testing, and commissioning of ViaSat antenna, RF, and baseband equipment is scheduled to begin in late 2013 following gateway civil works and building construction by NBN Co. The 10-gateway network is expected to be completed by November 2014 ahead of the scheduled 2015 launch of two NBN Co Ka-band satellites.
UGL is an NBN Co pre-approved vendor that is OH&S (Occupational Health & Safety) accredited by the Australian Federal Safety Commission (FSC). ViaSat will train and supervise about a dozen UGL workers who will team up to do the work at each location.
"UGL brings a qualified and talented team to support our installations. Their technical know-how, experience and FSC-certification were key factors in our decision to select UGL to build out the Australian gateways," said Joe Ducey, ground segment deployment manager at ViaSat in Melbourne. "We're looking forward to working with them on this next step towards providing exceptional broadband service to all Australians."NBN Co is building a wholesale-only national broadband network, which is one of the most comprehensive broadband plans in the world and is designed to deliver high-speed Internet to all Australians no matter where they live. About UGL ( www.ugllimited.com)UGL Limited is a global diversified services company delivering critical assets and essential services that sustain and enhance the environment in which we live. UGL comprises two business units - DTZ and Engineering - which provide whole of life cycle solutions to clients across the property, power, water, rail, resources, transport & technology systems and defence sectors. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, UGL operates worldwide across 52 countries employing 53,000 people. About ViaSat ( www.viasat.com)ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; service to more than 2,300 mobile platforms, including Yonder ® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 2,800 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations. Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about the completion and timing of the gateway network and related services. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all; the ability to successfully develop, introduce and sell new technologies, products and services; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat's products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications and defense industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat's ability to sell products and services; and ViaSat's dependence on a limited number of key employees. 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 any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason. Exede and Yonder are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.