Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. has launched a new high-speed Internet service, called Exede, which the company says offers satellite-enabled speeds similar to the fastest terrestrial broadband technologies.

The service began Jan. 16, with speeds up to 12 megabits per second downstream and 3 megabits per second upstream, starting at $50 per month, according to a company statement.

“Our new Exede service speeds make us very competitive with wireless home broadband service as well as legacy DSL and many cable services,” said ViaSat Senior Vice President Tom Moore. He said the technology enables high-speed service to U.S. customers in cities, suburbs and rural areas.

The company said Exede includes advanced broadband technology providing a Web-browsing experience similar to fiber-based systems, quickly delivering pages, for instance, on media- and video-intensive websites.

The new service stems from ViaSat technologies first rolled out in 2008, when the company introduced a next-generation satellite system integrating ViaSat-1, billed as the world’s highest-capacity satellite.

— Lou Hirsh