OneWeb agrees $73m deal with Intellian for antenna development

Intellian has entered into a US$73 million contract with low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network provider OneWeb to develop and supply user terminals for OneWeb’s upcoming Ku-band VSAT service.

The terminals themselves are expected to be unveiled later in the year and are scheduled to become available to customers in multiple user segments, including maritime, in 2022.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with our trusted partner OneWeb to design and produce this game-changing terminal, which is set to transform satellite communications by delivering cost-effective connectivity and enhanced user experience to multiple markets,” said Eric Sung, CEO, Intellian Technologies.

“This is another significant milestone for Intellian. We believe that innovation and ease of use are key to empowering connectivity, and the work jointly announced today by Intellian and OneWeb is fundamental to our goal to enable a globally connected world.”

OneWeb is currently in the midst of a launch programme that aims to build an initial constellation of 648 LEO satellites that can deliver low latency Ku-band connectivity on a global basis. To date the company has launched some 110 satellites (including six test units), with its next launch of another 36 satellites planned for March 25.

“We have a clear ambition to be a leader in the transformation of space communications technology,” said Michele Franci, Chief of System Delivery at OneWeb.

“We are delighted to continue our work with Intellian to develop a range of user terminals that meet the needs of our customers in many different sectors including small, medium and large enterprises, and major vertical sectors such as Enterprise, Maritime and Governments with mission critical applications.”

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