Viasat Awarded Five-Year Navy Telecom Service Extension; Ken Peterman Quoted

Viasat will continue to provide telecommunication network services for personal use at U.S. Navy installations and lodging facilities across the globe for an additional five years as part of a contract extension awarded by Navy Exchange Service Command.

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The extended agreement covers Wi-Fi, voice communications and managed internet services that support multiple programs across the military service, sailors living in unaccompanied or family housing and visitors to the branch’s morale, welfare and recreation centers, Viasat said Wednesday.

The company added it will deploy a satellite-based interactive TV service to 32 Navy Lodge places that cater to active-duty personnel, reservists and retirees as well as their guests and family members.

“Our goal is to provide affordable, high-quality, consistent and secure connectivity services for military personnel, their families, friends and guests and to ensure they have seamless access to high-demand applications such as streaming TV and audio, gaming, cloud-based voice calling (VoIP) and other apps,” said Ken Peterman, president of Viasat’s government systems business.

Peterman added that the company has worked with NEXCOM over the past decade to ensure internet access for sailors.

Viasat has begun accepting the Military Star card as a mode of payment for service offerings.

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