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OneWeb launches new device for terrestrial broadband service

The startup plans to integrate the flat-panel antenna with a OneWeb satellite modem in a sealed outdoor unit for distribution later this year.

OneWeb has launched a new user terminal designed to offer high-speed Internet connectivity to businesses, governments and remote communities.

OW1 was developed in partnership with South Korean antenna maker Intellian Technologies and Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

The new terminal, OW1, is a low-power, compact, and electronically steered antenna designed to receive OneWeb’s high-speed internet connectivity for remote locations. The OW1’s physical dimensions are 50 cm by 43 cm, and 10 cm high — “about the size of a briefcase,” OneWeb described in its announcement.

The flat-panel antenna integrates OneWeb’s satellite modem in an environmentally sealed outdoor unit. The unit can be installed using an optional stabilised J-mount and can connect to its indoor component through a single combined power and data cable.

Speaking about the new launch, Michele Franci, OneWeb’s Chief of Delivery, said: “We are so excited to bring this user terminal to market, and we thank Intellian and Collins for their invaluable partnership in making it a reality. OneWeb’s vision of connecting the world requires the hardware to do it, and we are pleased to be able to offer an affordable, compact and easy-to-install user terminal. It will connect and empower communities and small to medium-sized businesses, opening up applications for a wide variety of purposes, including community Wi-Fi in remote regions; rural retail point-of-sale systems; agricultural Internet of Things functions; and internet service in hotels, health clinics, research stations and more, located in places that the status quo has left unconnected.”

Eric Sung, President and CEO, Intellian Technologies Inc., added: “This agreement marks another exciting milestone in our great partnership with OneWeb, delivering another unique Intellian user terminal to address new markets and requirements with high bandwidth and low latency user experience. The OW1 is our first flat-panel antenna, following years of investment in R&D, expanding our comprehensive OneWeb portfolio. This user terminal is a continuation of our ongoing mission of ‘Empowering Connectivity’, allowing customers in remote and challenging environments to access a cost-effective and enhanced user experience otherwise inaccessible to them. The OW1 from Intellian along with OneWeb’s LEO service, can enable business growth, empower education and support the delivery of critical services in communities on a global scale.”

OW1 is Intellian’s first flat-panel antenna. Intellian announced its partnership with OneWeb to build terminals for both the fixed enterprise and maritime markets in 2019. The antennas were originally scheduled to be ready in 2020, but were pushed back due to delays associated with COVID and OneWeb’s bankruptcy restructuring.