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Viasat Inc, a satellite communications company, announced that Applied Satellite Technology has joined its ELEVATE programme 

ELEVATE is a growth programme, 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 programme, 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, "ELEVATE is a one-stop-shop that helps our partners easily leverage the latest technology to meet some of the greatest challenges the planet faces today. By combining forces, we will accelerate the development of IoT solutions to meet our clients' mission-critical requirements across diverse industries.

“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 realise their digital connectivity ambitions.”

Gary White, CEO at AST, said “I am thrilled to share the strategic decision behind our collaboration with Viasat's ELEVATE programme. 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. This partnership reinforces our commitment to delivering top-tier connectivity solutions and positions us for sustained success in an ever-evolving market."

Viasat’s ELEVATE programe 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.