April 16 2024  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Viasat marks official opening of London office

By Robynne Trueman

Viasat opens its International Business Headquarters in London

Viasat, Inc. has officially opened its International Business Headquarters in London.

The London office will be the home for the company’s integrated teams, following Viasat’s acquisition of Inmarsat last year. There will be a strong focus on technology innovation and scaling execution to support its UK and global customers across maritime, aviation and government, the April 11 press release said.

The office is also home to Viasat’s UK Network Operations Centre and Satellite Control Centre, which will provide satellite, network and cybersecurity capabilities to customers in the UK and globally.

The company hosted dignitaries, customers and partners at its official opening to showcase its Innovation Centre of Excellence, where Viasat is set to collaborate with partners on technologies to drive the deployment of IoT solutions and direct-to-device services.

“Viasat locating here in the UK is a testament to our country’s growing reputation as a global space hub where innovation can thrive and businesses flourish,” said Andrew Griffith, Minister for Space. “As satellite communications become increasingly central to our modern world, Viasat’s new Centre will play a pivotal role in expanding connectivity, whilst also providing high quality careers and economic growth.”

Jason Smith, President of Global Operations at Viasat and leader of the London office, also commented on the new location: “The official opening of our International Business Headquarters is an important moment for the company and underlines our commitment to the UK. Innovation and scalable execution is key to driving growth in the satellite communications industry and this is one of our core missions.”

Smith also said that the Innovation Lab demonstrates what this commitment means in practical terms, fostering an environment where Viasat can collaborate on innovative technologies to drive market discovery and commercial opportunities in areas such as IoT direct-to-device.

Direct-to-device satellite connectivity can provide consumers with reliable and affordable voice, text, and data capabilities as they move seamlessly between terrestrial and satellite infrastructure.

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