ViaSat Joins with ZyXEL to Deliver Innovative Broadband Access to Multi-Tenant Units - High-Speed Internet Powered by Infineon´s VDSL Chipsets

Nov 24, 2003 | Market News

Joint News Release by Infineon, ViaSat and ZyXEL

Hsinchu, Taiwan / Munich, Germany / Carlsbad, California – November 24, 2003 – ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), ZyXEL (TSE: 2391) and Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced that they have joined their technologies to introduce a new broadband terminal package for the Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU) market. The new system called ‘Constellation’ allows delivery of Internet access and broadband applications via satellite link to an in-building switch and access for individual units using conventional copper wiring. It enables service providers to offer low-cost broadband access to multi-tenant unit customers in reach of satellites using the existing in-building infrastructure.

The Infineon 10BaseS™ (Ethernet over VDSL) chipset is integrated into the ZyXEL VDSL VES-1012 Ethernet Switch, which routes broadband services over existing telephone copper wires in multi-tenant buildings. The high-speed return channel and bandwidth-on -demand (BoD) features of the ViaSat LinkStar® broadband satellite terminals provide efficient and low-cost two-way broadband access to the ZyXEL switch, and then on to building tenants.

“Broadband access for the MTU market segment has remained underserved until now mainly due to high customer premises equipment prices and lack of other access alternatives. This innovative product reduces the subscriber CPE price substantially below traditional fixed line broadband access,” said Bruce Fakhari, ViaSat Vice President of Business Development. “The combined technologies and products from ZyXEL, Infineon and ViaSat enable service providers to offer a variety of broadband services to customers in apartment buildings, shopping malls, hotels, and office parks over telephone copper lines, further reducing the in-building installation and operation costs.”

The MTU communications market has emerged to address the growing broadband connectivity needs of tenants residing and working within these buildings. Up until now this market has been mainly served by traditional terrestrial fixed line solutions in the major metropolitan downtown areas. ‘Constellation’ expands this market to residents that live in the areas where terrestrial networks are either not readily available or not cost effective. Typical applications include Internet access, streaming multimedia and extended access to corporate networks.

“Our strategic partnership with ViaSat and Infineon further brings VDSL service to where it was impossible in the past,” said Yu-Long Chen, Vice Chairman of ZyXEL. “As a global leader in VDSL technology and MTU solutions, ZyXEL is confident that this cooperation will lead to today’s most advanced broadband service. People in the urban areas gain a cost-effective alternative for their broadband systems, while suburbs can also get access to state-of-the-art VDSL via satellite technology.”

”We are very proud of the quick results of the collaboration between ViaSat and ZyXEL, based on Infineon's VDSL technology,” said Mark Tyndall, Vice President Business Development of Infineon’s Wireline Communications Business Group. ”As the market leader in VDSL, we are striving for the number one position as a technology lifestyle solutions provider by enabling broadband services to new markets.”

About ViaSat

ViaSat produces advanced digital satellite telecommunications and wireless signal processing systems for commercial and government markets. The company produces a full line of VSAT systems for network access and infrastructure, and is building market share in Ka-band satellite systems, from user terminals to large gateways. Other products include satellite antenna systems, tactical communication radios, network security products, and RF communication simulators. Along with its headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, ViaSat has divisions located in Clarksburg, MD and Norcross, GA. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Australia, China, Italy, and India. In addition the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, US Monolithics, designs and produces monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) and modules for use in broadband communications. USM is based in Chandler, Arizona.

About ZyXEL

ZyXEL Communications Corporation is one of the world's leading broadband access solution vendors. With headquarters located in Taiwan, ZyXEL maintains offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. With distributors in more than seventy countries, ZyXEL products are marketed in more than 150 countries on five continents. ZyXEL's broad line of Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions includes IP access solution, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for residential, SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL is one of the world’s few vendors able to integrate WAN, LAN, DSL, firewall, wireless LAN, and routing technologies in its product offerings. More information on ZyXEL visit

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

Safe Harbor Statement

Portions of this release, particularly statements about the capabilities of
the ‘Constellation’ MTU package, may contain forward-looking statements
regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat
wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results
to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, regulatory
issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules,
or that do not perform according to expectations; voluntary or involuntary
bankruptcies; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications
industry generally. The Company refers you to the documents it files from time
to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section
titled Factors That May Affect Future Performance in the Company's Form 10-K,
which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking
statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date
on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise
any forward-looking statements.

Press Contacts:

ViaSat Inc.
Bruce Rowe
+1 760 476 2505

ZyXEL Communications Corp.
Michelle Lee
+886 3 578 39 42

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