AST joins Viasat’s ELEVATE program to provide end-to-end, remote connectivity for oil and gas industry

February 01, 2024

(WO) – Viasat, Inc. announced AST (Applied Satellite Technology), a global innovator in satellite communication solutions, has joined its ELEVATE program. 

ELEVATE is a growth program, ecosystem and marketplace for ambitious IoT solution providers, connectivity wholesalers, enablers and OEMs who want to work with Viasat to use its network and footprint to scale. As an ELEVATE partner, AST will provide globally trusted connectivity solutions that deliver real customer value by enabling complete remote control to connect people, systems, and assets even in the remotest locations.   

As part of the program, AST will benefit from Viasat’s global L-band network – amplifying its ability to provide Internet of Things (IoT) and satellite connectivity services. This aims to support customers make data-driven decisions that enhance performance, improve efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

For customers, partnering with AST also means benefitting from its broad cross-industry knowledge, customer-centric mindset, 24/7 global technical support, dedicated account managers, and experienced engineers.

AST will also gain access to Viasat’s broader partner network, creating opportunities to collaborate on additional niche communications solutions for its customers. 

ELEVATE’s marketplace will help the company attract new customers in locations without reliable connectivity, or those which have mission-critical connectivity needs.  For customers, it gives access to a broad choice of satellite connectivity and IoT solutions developed by a range of providers to enhance the efficiency, safety and sustainability of their businesses. 

Simon Hawkins, Vice President, Enterprise Commercial & Innovation at Viasat said, “As a leading integrator, AST has over 30 years of experience meeting diverse industries' complex communication needs, with high-profile projects in various sectors, including utility, energy, mining, maritime and government markets. That is highly exciting for ELEVATE because they can help other members and end users realize their digital connectivity ambitions.”

Gary White, Chief Executive Officer at Applied Satellite Technology, said, “This partnership unlocks a new era of connectivity for both our company and customers – granting access to cutting-edge technologies, ensuring our services remain at the forefront of the industry. Our goal is to innovate, expand globally, and enhance customer satisfaction, and ELEVATE provides the ideal platform for achieving these objectives.

“We are excited to leverage Viasat's advanced connectivity solutions, a key component of ELEVATE, to provide our customers with reliability and performance. Already, opportunities within Viasat's partner ecosystem have sparked collaborations that promise to redefine industry standards.”

Viasat’s ELEVATE program is open to new entrants, disruptors and established brands of any size who have developed an innovative digital product or service and want to access the power of satellite enabled IoT solutions. Viasat provides dedicated technical guidance on how to integrate and support its highly reliable satellite services, go-to-market strategy planning and exposure to its distribution channel to enable access to new markets.

Providers working across a diverse range of industries, including, but not limited to, agriculture, aid and NGOs, energy, exploration and leisure, media, mining, transport and utilities, as well as agnostic technology providers, will be considered for membership.  

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