JetBlue unit LiveTV, ViaSat open to new business opportunities

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JetBlue Airways subsidiary LiveTV and ViaSat are open to discussing various business opportunities, after reaching agreement covering installation of in-flight connectivity on the low-cost carrier's fleet.

Under a memorandum of understanding announced this week, JetBlue plans to bring ViaSat's Ka-band satellite-based high-speed Internet system to its 160-strong aircraft fleet, beginning in 2012.

Melbourne, Florida-based LiveTV - which supplies the live television systems to JetBlue's fleet, and for other carriers - will handle the installation and certification process for ViaSat.

ViaSat says its objective "is to integrate the new Ka-band two-way antenna components along with the existing TV antenna system within the current radome envelope", as not to have "a second bump" on JetBlue's aircraft. It says LiveTV will ensure this new system "will co-exist peacefully with our current system".

Additionally, ViaSat reveals to ATI that both the firm and LiveTV "are open to exploring other business opportunities. We're not ruling out any potential relationship, but have nothing to report at this time."

ViaSat will use 2011 to scope the Ka-band product and prepare for installations beginning in 2012. It is not providing any specifics about the capital expenditure needed for installation, and the ongoing cost of Ka-band service.