Xplornet Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it has launched its ViaSat-1 satellite to support the company's new 4G satellite broadband network. The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome space launch facility in Kazakhstan and will be stationed in geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 35,786 kilometres, a release said. Xplornet said ViaSat-1 will allow for previously unavailable speed and bandwidth economics and provide rural and remote areas with faster and more affordable broadband. Xplornet has purchased 100 per cent of the Canadian Ka-band capacity on the satellite which will be used entirely for rural broadband, the company said. Xplornet said it expects the satellite service to be available by the end of the year. The company plans to launch a second, similar 4G satellite in 2012.