OneWeb launches 36 satellites and deploys Internet services in the Northern Hemisphere

UK-based tech company OneWeb sent 36 satellites into orbit on Thursday. This is a groundbreaking launch that said it paves the way for the launch of commercial internet services in Swath, the Northern Hemisphere this year.

OneWebHaving more than 200 satellites in orbit as part of its promotion to provide global internet services, said the launch from the Russian Far East would allow it to provide connections anywhere north of latitude 50 degrees. ..

We have listed the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the mainland United States, the Arctic Ocean, and Canada as regions that need to provide full connectivity.

Commercial services will be rolled out by the end of 2021 and global services are expected to begin next year. Demonstrations of the service will begin in several major locations this summer, including Alaska and Canada, it said.

The satellite was blown into orbit by Soyuz A rocket from Russia’s Vostochny space. According to OneWeb, the rocket had the message “Hello North Pole.”

Due to the melting of ice due to climate change, the energy-rich Arctic Circle in remote areas with poor communication infrastructure is playing a more important role for the world’s major powers.

OneWeb resumed its satellite launch in December after breaking out of bankruptcy protection with a $ 1 billion equity investment from the British government and a consortium of Bharti Enterprises in India.

It is also invested by Softbank and Eutelsat Communications in Japan and funded by Balti. OneWeb said on Tuesday that it was fully funded and secured a total of $ 2.4 billion.

© Thomson Reuters 2021 OneWeb launches 36 satellites and deploys Internet services in the Northern Hemisphere

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