OneWeb completes flat panel antenna testing with Kymeta for LEO network

Kymeta's flat panel antenna (front left) connected to the network via Intellian gateway antennas

LEO satellite operator OneWeb has announced the successful completion of testing of a Kymeta u8-based flat panel terminal on its network, with the single aperture antenna achieving downlink and uplink speeds of more than 200 Mbps / 40Mbps respectively.

The tests involved a series of LEO satellite acquisition, tracking and throughput measurements in Toulouse, France, connected to the network via Intellian LEO gateway antennas. Intellian is already a OneWeb antenna partner, having agreed a $73 million terminal development contract earlier this year.

Confirmation of the Kymeta unit’s capabilities will allow the u8 to become the first commercially-available electronically steered flat panel antenna to interoperate with the OneWeb satellite constellation. The terminal is compatible with both low Earth orbit (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) satellite networks, and supports fixed and mobile services.

“We are excited about the performance demonstrated in these early pilot test results and pleased to work with Kymeta as a trusted and knowledgeable partner,” said Valery Gineste Senior Director of Technology at OneWeb.

“The u8 will offer another great choice for OneWeb’s end-customers, particularly those with constrained space requirements or who need communications on the move when OneWeb mobility services start to become available from the end of 2022.”

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