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OneWeb, Intellian partner to enable cellular connectivity expansion

This partnership promises a positive step in the development of OneWeb’s system following the launch of its first satellites and subsequent customer announcements in February 2019.

OneWeb has announced a partnership with Intellian to build user terminals designed specifically for remote enterprise networks, cellular backhaul expansion and remote connectivity needs.

The user terminals will be the units provided to customers to enable the high-speed, low latency service that our global satellite constellation will deliver.

These user terminals will be perfect for a range of use cases including connecting businesses in rural areas, schools, hospitals, farms and community centres.

This partnership represents a step forward in the development of OneWeb’s system following the launch of its first satellites and its first customer announcements in February 2019. With six satellites now in orbit and a range of antennas now in place, OneWeb is ready to expand its portfolio of user terminals, ranging from compact flat panels to highly-efficient dual parabolics.

With many remote and unconnected areas around the world still lacking access to broadband, these user terminals will help to bridge gaps and connect remote enterprises, as well as, expand cellular backhaul capacity. The terminals will utilize dual-parabolic antennas to deliver cost-effective and efficient throughput making high-speed and low-latency services available in hard-to-reach areas and helping bridge the digital divide.

Commenting on the partnership, Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb, said: “Our user terminals will always be designed with customer needs in mind, ensuring we deliver a service they can trust. We’re delighted to be partnering with Intellian and this agreement marks a major step forward in our efforts to bridge the global digital divide”.

Commenting on the development prospects for his firm, Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, said: “Intellian is excited to be chosen by OneWeb with its fascinating vision and innovative LEO constellation. We’re thrilled our design and manufacturing capabilities will help connect people in remote locations to this new Satellite ecosystem”.

OneWeb expects these terminals to be available for Commercial use in 2020.