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Viasat, U.S. Navy renew contract for managed internet, Wi-Fi and voice services worldwide
Global communications company Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and the Navy Exchange Service Command’s NEXCOM Telecommunications Program Office, today announced a five-year contract extension, whereby Viasat will continue to deliver managed internet, Wi-Fi, voice and other services for personal use networks across Navy facilities worldwide. The contract also adds the roll-out of interactive satellite-based high-definition TV service at 32 Navy Lodge® sites, to enrich the lives of sailors, their families and guests during their stay.
Under this extended contract, Viasat will provide personal-use telecommunications services, in support of multiple programs at Navy and joint base installations, for sailors who live in Unaccompanied Housing (UH) or Family Housing (FH); who visit Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities—including fleet and family service centers, gymnasiums, bowling alleys, liberty centers, libraries and child development centers; and to those who are either staying in or visiting lodging or other temporary living facilities, such as Navy Lodge®, Navy Gateway Inns & Suites®, Navy Get-A-Ways®, Wounded Warrior Program® and Fisher House® facilities.
Viasat is also proud to announce it is now accepting the MILITARY STAR card® as a form of payment for its services. Sailors can take advantage of the card’s terms, as well as a rewards program that includes incentives on purchases and discounts throughout the year, along with participation in plans that support wellness within the military community.
“One of NEXCOM’s core missions is to support Navy quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families,” said Mary Johnson, vice president of NEXCOM’s Telecommunications Program Office. “Our customers are stationed around the world, so it is important for them to stay connected to loved ones on safe, reliable and affordable networks 24-hours a day, seven days a week, year round.”
Ken Peterman, president, Viasat Government Systems, added, “Providing fast, reliable internet access to military on and off the battlespace is what we do at Viasat. We’re proud to be an ongoing partner to NEXCOM, where for the last decade we have served hundreds of thousands of sailors on more than 100 bases—who are either visiting, living permanently or staying in temporary facilities on base. For these Navy bases and other government installations we serve worldwide, 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.”