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Viasat (VSAT) and Batelco will offer broadband connectivity via satellite

Viasat, Inc. VSAT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) to engage in business-to-business (B2B) service opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Batelco is the leading provider of digital communications solutions in Bahrain. The company’s portfolio includes industry-leading solutions, including voice and data, e-commerce solutions, data centers and cloud services.

The MoU between Viasat and Batelco aims to market and distribute satellite broadband connectivity to businesses in the MENA region.

The MOU also addresses exploring other service opportunities. These include hybrid connectivity solutions combining satellite and terrestrial broadband for business services and corporate LAN extension services to remote offices using satellite broadband connectivity.

The companies aim to leverage the satellite broadband capability of Viasat’s satellite systems, with plans to evolve to the ViaSat-3 satellite platform once launched. They plan to implement a proof-of-concept trial in the coming months.

Viasat is well on its way to bringing high-quality broadband connectivity to the world. By signing this MoU, the company can explore various business synergies and collaborations with a market leader in the MENA region, ahead of the launch of its ViaSat-3 satellite constellation.

In addition to providing industry-leading solutions to enterprise customers, Viasat is eager to discover new opportunities for its B2B broadband services.

Viasat shares have lost 6.9% over the past year, compared to a 1% decline for the sector.

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