Alaska Communications has signed a distribution partner agreement with OneWeb, to expand the company’s connectivity solutions across Alaska.
Alaska Communications is a business and residential network provider in the state. Through the agreement, it will sell OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service to its customers and use OneWeb’s infrastructure for critical middle-mile connections.
Commenting on the agreement, Bill Bishop, President and CEO of Alaska Communications, said: “We’re pleased to work with OneWeb to offer LEO services in Alaska. We see this as a milestone moment in our ability to offer low-latency, high-speed service across Alaska, particularly in rural areas. We see this solution as an important piece of our toolkit. We’re known for creating custom solutions to meet our customer’s needs. Collaborating with OneWeb augments our capabilities in serving our business and government customers.”
LEO satellites deliver fibre-like connectivity performance to areas that have been inaccessible via terrestrial options.
Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb, added: “Alaska Communications has unparalleled experience delivering communications to Alaskans for more than 100 years and uniquely understands where the need is across the state. We are thrilled to add our network to their offering and to be working together to see all of Alaska connected.”
LEO services through Alaska Communications and OneWeb will be available in the Q4 of 2021.