Exede was launched in 2012 by ViaSat, Inc. The company operates a satellite based internet and telephone service. The company is powered by the Via-Sat 1 satellite, which has won the Guiness World Book of Records title for the satellite with the highest capacity for communication services.
As of 2015, the company has more than 687,000 customers in the US. The company provides services for those who live in remote areas who cannot use cable based telephone or internet service. The Via-Sat 1 has 63 beams and a 15 year lifespan. The company plans to launch Via-Sat 2 sometime in 2017 and is expected to double the Via-Sat capabilities.
Customers use a satellite dish, similar in size to other television satellites, as well as a wifi modem for service. The company also offers voice over IP for telephone service. Dish Network is the major reseller of Exede, although they market the internet service under their own name. The Via-Sat 1 satellite is the one used by American Airlines and others for broadband service while in-flight.