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WildBlue's Leonard: Big Expectations for the Service
by wysiwyg2 08:34PM Monday Jun 19 2006
As read on www.skyreport.com

WildBlue CEO David Leonard told a crowd at satellite show ISCe 2006 last week that everything is on schedule or the launch of the company's first satellite, WildBlue 1, a flight scheduled for the fourth quarter.

At the moment, WildBlue utilizes Ka-Band spot beam capacity on Telesat Canada's Anik F2 satellite, which was launched by Arianespace in July 2004. Arianespace also is set to launch WildBlue 1 at the end of the year.

Leonard, whose comments were detailed in a weekly update released Friday by WildBlue partner National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, said with the addition of AT&T, EchoStar and DirecTV as sales and distribution partners, "our distribution plate is full. We are now entering a block-and-tackle execution mode."

NRTC also sells WildBlue through its affiliates.

Leonard said WildBlue is growing at about 10,000 new subscribers a month. NRTC members serve about 40,000 of the current 60,000 on the satellite-based system, the cooperative said in its update. Leonard said he expects the rate of expansion each month to double or triple within the next year.