Eutelsat latest to sign as OneWeb distributor in maritime

Satellite operator Eutelsat is the latest company to announce a distribution partnership with low Earth orbit (LEO) satcom network OneWeb, for the provision of services across verticals including maritime, aviation, enterprise, telecoms and government.

Eutelsat became OneWeb’s second-largest shareholder last December, with the new commercial distribution deal paving the way for the way for the companies to work together on developing combined GEO/LEO connectivity solutions.

“As a shareholder in OneWeb, we are excited to play a role in the success of this new constellation by incorporating OneWeb’s connectivity services into our portfolio of solutions,” said Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Eva Berneke.

“This deal showcases the scope for synergies between our two companies and opens up the potential of low orbit to complement our geostationary assets in the fast-growing markets of aero and maritime mobility, fixed data and government services, building on the development of 5G and cloud technologies that will generate low latency requirements.”

OneWeb has announced a range of new distribution deals recently to gear up for the commercial launch of its services to the maritime market next year, signing up Speedcast and Marlink already in 2022 before this Eutelsat announcement.

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