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Excessive-speed connectivity all over the place in Canada, UK, Alaska and Arctic Area

This latest launch of OneWeb satellites will bring high-speed broadband within range of the entire northern hemisphere later this year.

  • OneWeb confirms the successful launch and contact with all 36 satellites launched today, increasing the total constellation in orbit to 254 satellites.
  • High-speed connections from the North Pole to the 50th parallel – including the UK, Canada, Alaska and the Arctic.
  • On the way to full global coverage by June 2022 with a LEO constellation of 648 satellites.

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, today announced the successful launch of an additional 36 satellites to complete its “Five to 50” mission. With this important milestone, the company is ready to deliver connectivity in the UK, Canada, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland and the Arctic.

The latest launch brings OneWeb’s in-orbit constellation to 254 satellites, or 40% of OneWeb’s planned fleet of 648 LEO satellites, which will provide fast, low-latency global connectivity. OneWeb intends to deliver a global service in 2022.

Service demonstrations will begin in several key locations – including Alaska and Canada – this summer as OneWeb prepares for commercial service over the next six months. The company provides enterprise-class connectivity services and has previously announced distribution partnerships in multiple industries and companies including BT, ROCK Network, AST Group, PDI, Alaska Communications and others as OneWeb expands its global capabilities. The company continues to work with telecommunications providers, ISPs and governments around the world to deliver its high-speed, low-latency connectivity services and sees growing demand for new solutions to connect the hardest-to-reach places.

The launch of the newest 36 satellites was carried out by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The launch was on July 1 at 1:48 pm BST. OneWeb’s satellites separated from the rocket and were distributed in 9 batches over a period of 3 hours 52 minutes, with signal acquisition confirmed on all 36 satellites.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Schatz. Boris Johnson, MP said: “This latest launch of OneWeb satellites will bring high-speed broadband within range of the entire northern hemisphere later this year, including improved connectivity in the most remote parts of the UK.

“With the support of the UK Government, OneWeb is proving what can be done when public and private investment come together, bring the UK to the forefront of the latest technology, enter new markets and ultimately transform the lives of people around the world.”

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