Satellite communication companies, OneWeb and Hughes partnered to provide high-speed, low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband connectivity across India.
The arrangement between OneWeb and Hughes Communications India Private Ltd. (HCIPL), a joint venture between Hughes and Bharti Airtel Limited follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the companies in September of 2021.
As per the MoU, HCIPL will deliver services to enterprises and governments with OneWeb capacity, especially in areas outside the reach of fiber connectivity. OneWeb will invest in setting up enabling infrastructure like Gateways and PoPs in India to offer these high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband solutions.
"OneWeb’s constellation will cover the length and breadth of India, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to the Northeast and bring secure solutions to enterprises, governments, telcos, airline companies, and maritime customers," said Neil Masterson, CEO, OneWeb.
Hughes, through its parent company EchoStar, is a longstanding and supportive OneWeb shareholder. It is also an ecosystem partner to OneWeb, developing gateway electronics – including for those in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu – and the core module that will power every user terminal for the system. Hughes also is the prime contractor on an agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab to integrate and demonstrate managed LEO SATCOM using OneWeb capacity in the Arctic region.
OneWeb's most recent satellite launch on 27 December 2021 brought its total in-orbit satellites to 394, over 60 percent of the planned 648 LEO satellite fleet. It plans to commence global service by the end of 2022 as demand continues from telecommunications providers, aviation and maritime markets, ISPs, and governments worldwide for its low-latency, high-speed connectivity services.