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Head office: Great Yarmouth, UK

Regional head office: Chandler, Arizona

Regional head office: Perth, Western Australia

Regional head office: Singapore

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The all-inclusive 12 or 36-month fixed fee Iridium Certus® package for maritime

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Who we are

With over 25 years of experience in delivering satellite communications services, AST is a trusted global satellite communications equipment supplier of end-to-end remote communication solutions. Our company provides a comprehensive range of terminals and devices, high quality voice and data connectivity. Our unique enabling services such as INTEGRA, IRIS, iRAMS and My AST Portal empower our customers to optimise their operations, make informed decisions quicker and reduce their costs.

 

Why choose AST?

Global services, locally

We have a talented team of over 180 people in 12 offices and warehousing facilities, and an extensive distribution and service network, providing connectivity solutions to a wide range of maritime and land customers around the world.

Innovators at heart

Through our in-depth knowledge of remote communication technology and strong relationship with our customers, we develop and deliver industry leading satellite communication services such as INTEGRA providing organisations with connectivity solutions.

Customers come first

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and are dedicated to designing, implementing and supporting solutions tailormade to meet your unique needs and keep you connected anywhere in the world, 24/7.

Partnerships matter

As a global innovator and trusted Tier 1 Partner to all major satellite communications suppliers, and hardware manufacturers, we focus on delivering dependable and integrated connectivity services to our customers.

Meet The AST Group Leadership Team

Our Board of Directors, led by Group Managing Director Andrew Peters, is responsible for setting the strategic, operational and environmental direction of the company.

Gregory Darling

Founder and Chairman

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Andrew Peters

Group Managing Director

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Frederique Gerard

Corporate Communications Director

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Andy Smith

Group Technical Director

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Stuart Castell

General Manager - AST Marine Networks

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Gregory Darling

Founder and Chairman

With a Business degree from Sheffield Polytechnic, Gregory started with Gardline Surveys in 1977, a small ship owning marine survey company in the early days of North Sea Oil and Gas development.

Establishing overseas offices and playing an instrumental part in technical and commercial business development were crucial elements to growing the business and enabling operational efficiency, globally. Gregory became Sales Director early on and subsequently became Gardline Group Chairman in 2006, - the company was sold in 2017.

Founder of AST in 1992 as a ‘start-up’ he developed and led the company to its current position as a leading provider of satellite communication solutions.

Gregory travels extensively, playing an integral part in AST's global operations.  He is married to Sue with three adult children.

Gregory Darling

Andrew Peters

Group Managing Director

Andrew has held leadership roles in several telecoms and technology organisations, including CEO of Deutsche Telekom UK and Telefonica UK, with significant experience in M&A and business integration.

In 2013, Andrew joined Pole Star Space Applications as CEO, significantly improving the position of the organisation during his time in the business and has since continued to keep close links with both the satellite and maritime industries. More recently, Andrew set up his own consultancy firm, acting as an advisor to leadership teams in software-led businesses before joining AST as Group Managing Director.

Andrew Peters

Frederique Gerard

Corporate Communications Director

Frederique joined AST’s leadership team in 2018, bringing extensive experience in global marketing and communication strategy, product management and brand development.

She has previously held marketing and business development senior positions for companies in diverse sectors including in the technology and maritime markets. She is responsible for leading the Group and its business units’ marketing and communication strategies.

Frederique Gerard

Andy Smith

Group Technical Director

With over 20 years working in technology, Andy has had various roles in engineering, consultancy and management, working in SME’s, large enterprises and telco covering many aspects of technology delivery including the last 10 dedicated in the satellite industry.

Andy has responsibility for the AST Group technology, application and solution strategy and delivery. He leads the development of the Group’s flagship products and services such as INTEGRA, IRIS, and My ASTPortal, as well as drives the company’s 24/7 Global Customer Support Services.

Andy Smith

Stuart Castell

General Manager - AST Marine Networks

Stuart is responsible for the AST Marine Networks division (UK and Netherlands) leading maritime VSAT, L band and valued added services sales to AST’s core sector. He also leads the overall marine sector strategic direction as Group Marine Director.

He has over 37 years’ experience in the remote telecoms and satellite industry starting as a Junior Radio Operator in the British Royal Navy and then creating and running his own business providing satellite and radio solutions for 15 years prior to joining the AST board in 2016.

Stuart  Castell

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