October 16, 2023 – Viasat announced ELEVATE partners MinFarm Tech Ltd and Global Beam Telecom LLC are opening a new facility in Business Bay, Dubai, UAE for IoT-over-satellite innovation. Announced at Viasat’s ELEVATE partner event on 11-12 October in London, the hub, scheduled to open in November, is the first of its kind in the region. It will offer customers the chance to trial a range of end-to-end IoT solutions in person, discuss their business needs and develop a turnkey solution to purchase. By combining Viasat’s global satellite connectivity with MinFarm and Global Beam Telecom’s technological expertise, the offering will allow customers to access bespoke solutions – including hardware and connectivity packages – designed for their specific requirements and use cases. The hub aims to remove the challenges of selecting the right business-enhancing satellite-enabled IoT solutions: making the technology more accessible by providing choice and consultation throughout the procurement process. The offering will benefit customers in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region from a range of industries including oil & gas, utilities and water management companies and provide a space for customers and IoT-industry experts to work together to deploy IoT-over-satellite solutions. Through ELEVATE, Viasat attracts world-leading solutions and distribution partners and provides a network for business collaboration that facilitates innovation and growth. By joining the program, MinFarm and Global Beam Telecom could utilise Viasat’s global satellite network and exchange expertise ahead of launching the new hub.