ViaSat. has filed a patent for systems and methods that utilize delayed delivery of content to improve bandwidth resource usage in network infrastructures. Content identified as delayable is assigned to a delaycast queue, optimizing resource exploitation through multicasting and subscriber-side storage. Various prioritization techniques are also employed. GlobalData’s report on ViaSat gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on ViaSat, Satellite communication systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. ViaSat's grant share as of January 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Opportunistically delayed delivery of content for network bandwidth optimization

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ViaSat Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240039866A1) describes a computer-implemented method and system for providing content to a user system in a communications infrastructure. The method involves receiving a request for content, determining if the content is fully cached at the user system, comparing bandwidth requirements for delivery, and presenting options to the user for real-time or delayed delivery based on available bandwidth. If the content is not fully cached, the system delivers the un-cached portion based on available bandwidth or presents options for real-time or delayed delivery to the user.

The system includes components such as an optimizer, gateway, and account manager to manage content delivery based on bandwidth availability and user preferences. It also incorporates features like attributing network usage based on delivery options selected by the user and maintaining a client dictionary for stored content. The system is designed to efficiently deliver content in real-time or with a delay based on network conditions and user choices, ensuring optimal utilization of available bandwidth in a shared communications infrastructure. The patent application outlines a comprehensive approach to content delivery that considers bandwidth constraints and user preferences to enhance the overall user experience in a communications network.

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