On Friday, the joint venture of UK Government and Bharti Global launched 36 satellites from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia. The venture is named OneWeb – a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator. According to a company release, the total number of in-orbit constellation has reached to 110 satellites. This is part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will offer high-speed, low-latency worldwide connectivity. Recently, OneWeb declared new supervision with telecom ace Sunil Mittal at the steering as executive chairman. As per the company statement, the launch has put OneWeb on track to deliver worldwide services to customers from late 2021. This will begin with Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, the UK, and Canada, with worldwide service in 2022.
It has been less than a month since the acquisition of OneWeb by Bharti Global and the UK government. According to the official statement, OneWeb is fast coming to full operations, recruiting at a fast speed, resuming launches. Apart from this, it is continuing to shape its ground station network, and pushing forward on user terminal development. Sunil Mittal stated that there was an awe-inspiring demand for broadband. He further stated that the pandemic has taxed infrastructure everywhere, and many people globally are left with little to no alternatives to access the internet. He further added that OneWeb’s system will help meet prevailing and future requirements by delivering broadband connectivity to communities, towns, and regions left unconnected or under-connected.
Talking about OneWeb, it is a global communications network powered from space, based in London. It enables connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities.