Viasat agrees maritime partnership with AXESS Networks

Viasat, currently in the process of trying to complete an acquisition deal for Inmarsat, has moved to expand its existing maritime capabilities with the agreement of a strategic partnership with AXESS Networks covering the shipping market.

The tie-in with AXESS Networks Maritime will expand the reach of Viasat’s maritime operations, providing access to its integrated platform of Ka-band satellites and ground infrastructure to a wider audience. AXESS already has a global network in place providing shipping customers with services including network design, installation and implementation, as well as vessel monitoring and network operations centre (NOC) support.

“We are proud of being chosen as a key partner for maritime services by Viasat. With its innovative satellite technology, Viasat plays a major role in our industry. We are looking forward to partnering with Viasat and will support their operations with our full expertise,” said Athina Vezyri, President of AXESS Maritime.

In addition to attempting to expand its capabilities by merging with Inmarsat, Viasat is also readying to launch its next generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3, which will deliver additional broadband capacity to maritime and other mobility customers.

“Staying connected shouldn’t stop when at sea,” said Eric Verheylewegen, VP Maritime Sales at Viasat.

“To expand our services in the maritime sector, we were searching for a strategic partner who deeply understands our customers’ increasing needs for scalable and flexible connectivity solutions. We found the ideal partner in AXESS Maritime, and we are glad to shape the future with them.”

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