OneWeb signs US distribution, antenna deals

OneWeb signs US distribution, antenna deals

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By Nick Flaherty

UK satellite network operator OneWeb has signed several key deals in recent days for the roll out of its broadband data services in the US

A deal with AT&T will take its satellite services further into the US market alongside a deal with Peraton will provide access to US military, government and first responder services. This follows OneWeb buying a US secure communications provider, TrustComm, back in May.

The deal will see OneWeb providing primary or hot backup data services alongside Peraton’s existing geostationary (GEO) satellites and fibre circuits for the US Department of Defense.

“The capabilities offered by OneWeb’s satellite network complement Peraton’s existing satellite and terrestrial services,” said Mike King, Peraton’s Chief Growth Officer. “We are now positioned to provide a more comprehensive suite of communications capabilities with the flexibility to go wherever our customers’ missions take them.”

“LEO communication represents a game-changing capability for maritime, aviation, defense, and other customers operating in remote environments outside of standard network coverage areas,” said Nate White, Peraton’s Vice President and General Manager of Communications. “These customers currently rely on more conventional satellite solutions with high latency, lower throughput and greater delivery costs. OneWeb’s LEO satellites services will enable Peraton to deliver improved flexibility, reliability, and capacity at reduced costs to our customers.”

For offices in the US that cannot access AT&T’s fibre network, the company will offer enterprise-grade services over OneWeb’s satellite constellation later in the year in Alaska and northern US states.

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“Working with OneWeb, we’ll be able to enhance high-speed connectivity in places that we don’t serve today and meet our customers wherever they are,” said Scott Mair, President, Network Engineering and Operations, AT&T. “We’re expanding our network with one more option to help ensure that our business customers have the high-speed, low-latency connectivity they need to thrive as the nation recovers from COVID-19.”

It has also signed up US manufacturer Kymeta  to build a smaller flat panel terminal. It has already tested Kymeta’s u8 based LEO terminal with OneWeb’s LEO satellite constellation in Toulouse, France. The single aperture antenna achieved downlink and uplink speeds of  more than 200 Mbps down and more than 40Mbps up respectively over repeated testing.

Kymeta plans to use these results in the definition of a new design.

The u8 is the first commercially-available electronically-steered flat panel antenna to interoperate with the OneWeb satellite constellation and OneWeb says it is working with several new user terminal integrators, including Kymeta, for Government, Military, Enterprise, Maritime and first responder customers. 

The commercially-available Kymeta u8 supports fixed and mobile services enabling choice and redundancy for satellite users, and has demonstrated interoperability with low Earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) satellite constellations.

“We are excited about the performance demonstrated in these early pilot test results and pleased to work with Kymeta as a trusted and knowledgeable partner,” said Valery Gineste, Senior Director of Technology at OneWeb. “The u8 will offer another great choice for OneWeb’s end-customers, particularly those with constrained space requirements or who need communications on the move when OneWeb mobility services start to become available from the end of 2022.”

“The collaboration with OneWeb supports Kymeta’s priority mobile markets, and our solution is a natural fit for OneWeb customer needs,” said Neville Meijers, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Kymeta. “Military, government, enterprise, and first responder markets require demanding, mission critical communications, and we can deliver seamless mobile connectivity to those those customers wherever they are in the world.”

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