Category Archive : Oneweb

China launches 3 communications test satellites to low Earth orbit

China launched three new test communication satellites to low Earth orbit as the country looks to build its own version of SpaceX’s Starlink broadband constellation.

A Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 6:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. EDT, 1030 GMT) on May 20, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) stated.


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Maritime Comms are Sailing at Speed on a Wave of Digital Developments


As the digital environment develops at break-neck speed, Erwan Emilian, Partner & Group CEO, IEC Telecom outlines the key changes and advises how they can benefit the maritime industry

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May 23, 2022 11:51 AM by

Erwan Emilian







The satellite communications industry is evolving at speed. We are witnessing a time of fast-paced development in the digital world which will ultimately benefit maritime users who embrace change and set a course towards this virtual horizon.


From an airtime-focused and margin-driven business, satcom is transforming into a As-a-Service-based industry where demand is no longer defined by Mbps alone. Instead the focus is switching to the variety and quality of applications this traffic may support, all embedded in a portfolio of managed services.


The near future will definitely be influenced by two important factors:


Firstly, Space X, OneWeb, Telesat, Viasat/Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, and Yahsat/Thuraya have committed to expanding their services over the coming years. Having an increasing number of satcom players in the market will eventually lead to an oversupply of satellite services. This will result in airtime no longer being seen as a rare resource but rather as an essential element of a much wider communication infrastructure.


In fact, according to a Euroconsult forecast, the oversupply of satcom capacities will lead to a substantial fall in airtime prices, with an ARPU declining by 21 percent between 2022 and 2028. The development of IoT (Internet of Things), blockchain and…

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Russian GPS jamming in Ukraine pushes Britain to seek alternatives | News

Britain and the United States are seeking alternatives to GPS that do not rely on satellites amid concern that future wars could be fought by signal jammers without a shot being fired.

Jeremy Quin, the defence procurement minister, said the government would “need to be alert” to the threat of satellite meddling as Russia uses the war in Ukraine to test its GPS jamming.

“There is a whole range of capabilities that are being deployed on both sides,” Quin told The Times. “We need to learn the lessons from that and continue our own innovative work in the field.”

Britain is reviewing alternative navigation systems including OneWeb, which uses space, and the American brand NextNav, which is in talks with government about deploying

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Satcom Direct, OneWeb, and QEST ratify development of Electronic Phased Array antenna together


Geneva, Switzerland/23 May 2022
– Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, announces today at EBACE 2022, a new three-way partnership agreement with OneWeb, the global communications company powered from space, and QEST, Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH, a worldwide market leader in innovative aeronautical antennas.

The collaboration is to progress development of an Electronic Phased Array antenna to support OneWeb’s advancing mobility services. The agreement also covers a long-term distribution partner agreement where SD will market and sell OneWeb’s high-speed, low latency inflight broadband services.  Development has already begun on the flat-panel antenna with initial demonstrator technology scheduled to validate over-the-air performance, in small form factor across the OneWeb satellite constellation in Q4 2022.

Designed for smaller aircraft the lightweight, low profile, modular antenna will deliver high-speed, broadband connectivity to this aircraft category for the first time. Together SD, OneWeb and QEST will enable passengers and operators to be more productive and enjoy more leisure time during flight via global broadband connectivity.  Market introduction of the flat panel, fuselage mounted, electronic phased array antenna is anticipated for availability in 2024, with OneWeb aviation services set to launch in 2023.  

Neil Masterson, CEO at OneWeb said: “At OneWeb, we partner with specialists to bring our reliable, high-speed and low latency connectivity to those industries that need to be connected, no matter where they are in the world. That’s why we are delighted to partner with connectivity market leader Satcom Direct, and innovative hardware manufacturer QEST, because together we look forward to transforming the connectivity landscape for business aviation. SD brings a stellar reputation as a distribution partner for OneWeb, with its maturity in the market and solid heritage around the…

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OneWeb, Benya sing MoU | Advanced Television

Benya Group, the digital solutions and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the Middle East and Africa region, have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OneWeb, the low Earth orbit satellite communications company.

OneWeb NEOM JV, a joint venture formed by OneWeb and NEOM in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the purpose of providing high-speed satellite connectivity to NEOM, the Kingdom, the wider Middle East and neighbouring East African states has agreed this MoU with Benya Group. The signing took place during CabSat event in Dubai and marks Benya Group’s first satellite project.

The MoU will facilitate discussions between the parties regarding the support and maintenance of telecom infrastructure throughout the Middle East and Africa, with the goal of providing fully integrated telecom networks to the network infrastructure of Benya Group’s clients.

Eng. Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO of Benya Group, said: “We are thrilled with this collaboration as OneWeb is considered the leader in satellite projects across the Middle East and Africa.”

Laith Hamad, VP Government and Regulatory Engagement, OneWeb and Board Member of OneWeb NEOM JV, added: “We are excited to cooperate with Benya to explore how Benya and OneWeb can work together to bring affordable connectivity to the widest possible audience in the region, especially for so many who do not yet have high-speed internet. This is another great milestone towards enabling connectivity through the state of art OneWeb LEO satellite technologies enabled by the OneWeb NEOM JV.”

Benya Group is the first Egyptian firm to collaborate in the Middle East and Africa on the concept of LEO (low Earth orbit) satellites, specifically with the OneWeb Network.

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OneWeb and Benya Group sign M.O.U. on providing connectivity services in the Middle East and Africa

 


 

Dubai – UAE, 23 May, 2022: Benya Group, the leading digital solutions and ICT infrastructure provider in Egypt and the MEA Region, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OneWeb, the low Earth orbit satellite communications company.

OneWeb NEOM J.V., a joint venture formed by OneWeb and NEOM in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the purpose of providing high-speed satellite connectivity to NEOM, the Kingdom, the wider Middle East and neighbouring East African states has agreed this MoU with Benya Group. The signing took place during CABSAT in Dubai on May 19th 2022 and marks Benya Group’s first satellite project.

The MoU will facilitate discussions between the parties regarding the support and maintenance of telecom infrastructure throughout the Middle East and Africa, with the goal of providing fully integrated telecom networks to the network infrastructure of Benya Group’s clients. 

Eng. Ahmed Mekky, Chairman and CEO of Benya Group, said: “We are thrilled with this collaboration as OneWeb is considered the leader in satellite projects across the Middle East and Africa.”

Laith Hamad, VP Government and Regulatory Engagement, OneWeb and Board Member of OneWeb NEOM JV said: “We are excited to cooperate with Benya to bring affordable connectivity to the widest possible audience in the region, especially for so many who do not yet have high-speed internet. This is another great milestone towards enabling connectivity through the state of art OneWeb LEO satellite technologies enabled by the OneWeb NEOM JV.”

About Benya Group

Benya Group is the first Egyptian firm to collaborate in the Middle East and Africa on the concept of LEO (low Earth orbit) satellites, specifically with the OneWeb Network. Benya provides a wide range of products, services, and digital solutions through its subsidiaries that operate in several ICT sectors, including telecommunication services, cloud and security…

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Eutelsat Reports Third Quarter and Nine-month Revenues of €285 Million – Parabolic Arc

Eutelsat quantum satellite (Credit: Airbus)
  • Third Quarter Operating Verticals revenues of €285m
    • -3.5%1 year-on-year
    • -0.7%1 quarter-on-quarter
  • Broadly stable Broadcast revenues quarter-on-quarter
  • Strong growth in Fixed Broadband and Mobile Connectivity
  • Nine Month operating vertical revenues down 4.0%1 year-on-year, in line with expectations
  • All financial objectives confirmed

PARIS, 12 May 2022 – Eutelsat Communications (ISIN: FR0010221234 – Euronext Paris: ETL) reports revenues for the Third Quarter and Nine Months ended 31 March 2022.

Eva Berneke, Chief Executive Officer of Eutelsat Communications, said: “The Third Quarter saw robust delivery, with an improvement in Broadcast trend and strong double-digit growth in both Fixed Broadband and Mobile Connectivity whereas Government Services inevitably reflected the geopolitical environment in the Middle East. Recent months have seen meaningful progress on the commercial front in particular with the successful commercialization of EUTELSAT QUANTUM. Elsewhere, our global distribution agreement with OneWeb to address key connectivity verticals enhances the competitive position of both companies and represents a first step towards the development of combined GEO/LEO solutions. Overall, revenues at the Nine Month stage are in line with our expectations, and we confirm all our financial objectives.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Third Quarter operating vertical revenues of €285m, broadly stable (-0.7%) quarter-on-quarter.
  • Improvement in Broadcast revenue trend (-6.8% year-on-year in the Third Quarter after 8.6% in the second quarter) with Third Quarter revenues broadly stable (-0.8%) relative to the Second Quarter.
  • Robust double-digit growth for both Fixed Broadband and Mobile Connectivity in the Third Quarter, at respectively circa plus 30% and plus 25% year-on-year, highlighting the significant potential in Connectivity.
  • Strong progress in the commercialization of EUTELSAT QUANTUM with six beams (out of eight) already sold after six…

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Companies With the Most Satellites in Orbit – 24/7 Wall St.

During much of the 20th century, the Soviet Union and the United States competed during the Cold War’s Space Race to best one another in spaceflight and rocket technology. Today, another race is taking place, this time commercially, as publicly traded and private companies send more satellites into low Earth orbit. (This is the country with the most military satellites.)

While commercial communications satellites have been launched into orbit since the early 1960s, the industry of orbital communications services really began to take off in the 1990s.

Now several large companies operate constellations of satellites that can deliver data globally, including satellite-based internet, GPS, phone service that works anywhere, and Earth observations useful for weather tracking, mining, forestry, and agriculture.

To determine the companies with the most satellites, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit organization. Companies are ranked by the number of operational satellites in orbit as of Jan. 1, 2022 that are at least partially being used for commercial purposes. 

One example of the services these companies provide, or aim to provide, is Planet Labs’s plan. The San Francisco-based company’s eventual goal is to provide daily, high-resolution images of any area on the planet’s surface. Planet Labs operated 188 satellites as of the start of 2022, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The expense and expertise required to launch sophisticated communications satellites means the club of the biggest satellite operator (based on the number of working satellites in orbit) is small and insular.

London-based OneWeb, the second largest satellite company based on the number of satellites, works with SpaceX to deliver its satellites in orbit even though SpaceX’s Starlink is OneWeb’s primary competitor for broadband satellite internet. Last year, SpaceX, which owns the largest constellation of…

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Telesat tests LEO broadband prototype in India

TAMPA, Fla. — Telesat said May 18 it demonstrated high-speed connectivity in India last month using a four-year-old prototype satellite

The so-called Phase 1 satellite connected through a teleport operated by local satellite communications provider Nelco, which is part of Indian conglomerate Tata. South Korea’s Intellian supplied the 85-centimeter parabolic antenna used in the April 25-29 demo.

According to Telesat, the prototype demonstrated fiber-like 35 millisecond roundtrip latency at speeds fast enough to support applications including video conferencing and streaming.

The Canadian operator’s Phase 1 satellite was launched to LEO in January 2018, and has been helping the company configure its delayed Lightspeed constellation.

Plans for Lightspeed were recently downsized by a third to 198 satellites following supply chain issues that have pushed out the service’s debut a year to 2026.

Telesat has so far secured about $3.3 billion of Lightspeed’s anticipated $5 billion cost.

Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s CEO, said May 6 the company is close to securing the remaining funds that it needs before it can sign an order contract with Thales Alenia Space to build the satellites.

India expansion

Telesat announced plans to partner with Nelco in September 2020, and other satellite operators have since made similar alliances with other local companies as the country looks to ease protectionist measures to encourage foreign investments.

SES said Feb. 14 it has formed a joint venture with Jio Platforms Limited, the holding company for the country’s largest telecoms operator, to provide multi-orbit connectivity there.

A month earlier, LEO startup OneWeb said it signed a distribution deal with India-based Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between U.S.-based Hughes Network Systems and Jio’s Indian telecoms rival Bharti Airtel.

Bharti Airtel is part of the Bharti Global Indian conglomerate that is U.K.-based OneWeb’s largest…

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OneWeb sets sail with Navarino to extend connectivity to commercial shipping

Despite its somewhat controversial beginnings, low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb has established itself as a player in satellite to remote locations and is now taking connectivity to the high seas after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with maritime technology firm Navarino.

The arrangement will see OneWeb become a global distribution partner to deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity to the global commercial shipping industry. The company said combining Navarino’s maritime technology solutions with its connectivity would offer maritime customers “seamless” access to fast, reliable and affordable connectivity solutions. A series of sea trials will be undertaken with Navarino, with the first vessels connected from the first quarter of 2023.

Formed in 2012 with the aim of addressing the connectivity needs of underserved communities, OneWeb has always claimed that its satellite network has a unique capability to provide improved capacity, mobile resilience, backhaul and coverage, including fixed wireless access, in challenging geographic locations.

The company’s constellation of global gateway stations and user terminals are designed to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth, low-latency communications service to the most hard-to-reach places globally, connected to internet of things (IoT) devices and making a pathway for mass adoption of 5G services.

In March, OneWeb signed an agreement with Elon Musk’s Starlink to enable it to break a hiatus of satellite launches, adding to its total in-orbit constellation, which currently stands at 428 satellites – two-thirds of the total intended fleet.

OneWeb’s data speeds will be up to 10 times faster than existing geostationary (GEO) maritime solutions and have a significantly lower latency, claimed Carole Plessy, head of maritime at OneWeb.

“Our mission at OneWeb is to help bridge existing digital divides. This means enabling companies to…

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