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OneWeb’s first commercial satellite internet service comes to the Arctic

Written by Wed 4 Sep 2019

OneWeb to deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60th parallel North in 2020

OneWeb, a startup that aims to deliver broadband globally via a fleet of micro-satellites, has launched the first commercial service of its space-based internet service.

The London-based startup, that closed a $1.25 billion funding round in March, will begin delivering ‘fiber-like’ connectivity to 48 percent of the Arctic in 2020 and plans to supply full coverage to every part of the Arctic Circle by early 2021.

OneWeb successfully launched its first “constellation” of six micro-satellites in February. In July tests, the satellites proved capable of delivering 1080p HD video streams at under 40 milliseconds latency with speeds of over 400 Mbps.

OneWeb is one of a number of companies attempting to bring high-speed internet worldwide via low-orbit satellites. The company’s February launch demonstrated it was ahead of competitors that include Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Amazon.

OneWeb’s Arctic service will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60th parallel North. The superfast connectivity will facilitate smart shipping, connected aviation, the collection of climate data and the growth of the region’s digital economy, the company said in a press release announcing the launch.

Commenting on the announcement, OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel said ‘connectivity is now an essential utility and a basic human right’.

“Our constellation will offer universal high-speed Arctic coverage sooner than any other proposed system meeting the need for widespread connectivity across the Arctic,” he added.

Written by Wed 4 Sep 2019

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