Take a moment to imagine a world without the internet. For billions of people across the globe, that world is very much still a reality. OneWeb and HughesNet are teaming up to bring connectivity via satellite internet to undeveloped regions. Here’s how.
In August of 2019, Hughes Network Systems signed a contract for $190 million with OneWeb, an internet startup which is building a 650-satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Hughes, a global leader in broadband satellite, will produce a ground network system to support OneWeb’s LEO satellites.
These LEO satellites plan to deliver speeds similar to fiber-optic providers like AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier and Verizon Fios. HughesNet internet plans will be amongst those offered to the newly served rural areas.
The new contract between OneWeb and HughesNet will build on an original signed in 2015 which includes the production of gateway sites with tracking points to support high-speed traffic between satellites. The total value of both contracts amounts to over $300 million.
“Connectivity is only truly valuable when it delivers the user experience that customers need, and in today’s fast-moving digital economy, businesses and civil government organizations need high quality, continuous internet access wherever they are,” said Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb.
OneWeb is in progress on the first constellation of 650 and plans to offer low latency internet on a global scale by late 2021.
It’s more important than ever to stay connected to the ones you love, educational resources, news and work. Subscribers are relying on their internet connections to keep them engaged in the world at home when they’re unable to be there in person. Be sure to stay up-to-date on what major internet providers across the country are doing to assist potential and current internet subscribers.