OneWeb signs US defense deal

OneWeb signs US defense deal

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By Nick Flaherty

OneWeb has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a satellite communications application specialist for the US Department of Defense.

TrustComm will use the emerging satellite constellation to deliver high speed, low latency, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) connectivity to government customers with initial focus on the northern latitudes. OneWeb’s Global Connectivity Platform will provide secure, high bandwidth and low latency secure data and internet connectivity to government customers across the globe. Initial services are expected to be available starting 4th quarter of 2021.

TrustComm specializes in combining satellite and terrestrial communication systems into fully interoperable networks, providing customers with best-fit and customized end-to-end connectivity solutions in Ku, Ka, L, C and X-band frequency ranges. TrustComm operates a Teleport and Secure Managed Services Operations Center at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, and holds a number of DoD contract vehicles to provide managed satellite services.

OneWeb’s partnership with TrustComm will focus on early adopters looking to take advantage of LEO technology including the US Naval Research Lab, US Army Futures Research Lab and others. The Arctic will be an initial area of focus as it continues to suffer from poor levels in connectivity due to its high latitude and extreme terrain. OneWeb and TrustComm also expect to support the biennial Ice Exercise (ICEX) in 2022.

“The US DoD is OneWeb’s largest single customer and so we will ensure we have the tools and vehicles in place to contract for service this November when our network goes live above the 50th parallel,” said OneWeb’s Head of Government Services, Dylan Browne.

TrustComm’s Chief Executive Office, Bob Roe said: “With more OneWeb satellites being deployed on a monthly basis and the ground/service infrastructure coming online, we will be able to bring this capability to market quickly using our existing US Government contracts, especially CS3 and GSA.”

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