Bharti-backed OneWeb, Hughes, ink India LEO deal

Bharti-backed OneWeb, Hughes, ink India LEO deal

Satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks specialist Hughes Network Systems and Bharti group-backed low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb have signed an MoU for a strategic agreement to distribute satellite services in India to large enterprises, small and medium businesses, government, telcos, and ISPs in the rural and remote parts of the country.

Separately, both companies have also signed a distribution pact focused on enterprise services for the US market.
According to an official statement, services will be provided by Hughes and Hughes Communications India Private Ltd., respectively.

“OneWeb is thrilled to be working with Hughes to offer our connectivity solution across the US and India,” added Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb. “This agreement is another example of our commitment to deliver high-quality, continuous internet access to areas in need including in rural and remote areas of the US and India. Hughes is already an important investor and an invaluable technology partner, and I look forward to continuing to grow our relationship further.”

Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer, OneWeb, said: "OneWeb is thrilled to be working with Hughes to offer our connectivity solution across the U.S and India. This agreement is another example of our commitment to deliver high-quality, continuous internet access to areas in need including in rural and remote areas of the U.S and India. Hughes is already an important investor and an invaluable technology partner, and I look forward to continuing to grow our relationship further."

OneWeb is building its initial constellation of 648 LEO satellites. Services will begin this year in the Arctic region, including Alaska, Canada, and the UK. By late 2022, OneWeb will be offering its high-speed, low latency connectivity services globally. Service testing on the satellites already in orbit is underway, using gateways that Hughes is building for the network. Results are positive, including seamless satellite and beam handovers, high speeds, and low latency.

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