Telstra has announced plans to build and maintain three dedicated teleports to provide satellite gateway services in the Southern Hemisphere for OneWeb’s broadband constellation.
The first of the new teleports, located in Darwin Tivendale, is scheduled to begin installation this month with go-live planned in July. Two further sites – Charlton Toowoomba and Wangara, Perth, WA – are planned for completion later in 2022. Each facility will provide turnkey ground station support for OneWeb’s growing fleet of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
These facilities are being delivered as part of a 10-year deal between Telstra and OneWeb. Telstra’s turnkey approach for OneWeb includes designing, building and activating the teleports with ground station capabilities to meet OneWeb’s requirements. Telstra will also provide 24/7 monitoring and quality assurance services at each location.
Speaking about the expansion plan, Vish Vishwanathan, Vice President Wholesale & Satellite, Telstra Americas, said: “OneWeb had exacting requirements from the outset, and we worked in close partnership with them from site selection through construction. Teleports are complex sites involving access to secure and resilient infrastructure and on-the-ground expertise, which Telstra has provided to OneWeb throughout this project.”
Michele Franci, Chief of Delivery and Operations at OneWeb, added: “Low Earth Orbit satellite technology is transforming the global connectivity landscape, not only by creating new business opportunities, but also giving more businesses, communities and governments the internet access they need for progress. More connectivity options benefit everyone and our approach in establishing strategic partnerships with experienced providers like Telstra is core to how we deliver the OneWeb mission.”
OneWeb has two-thirds of its constellation launched and is providing coverage above the 50th parallel North – reaching areas that have been hard to connect with distributed communities and challenging terrain. This includes Alaska, Canada, and the wider Arctic Region.
Earlier in March, OneWeb signed an MoU with Telstra to explore new connectivity solutions for Australia and the Asia Pacific regions.