Intellian Technologies has signed a US$73M contract to develop and supply compact user terminals for OneWeb satellite communications
Through this agreement, Intellian will mass produce terminals for uplink and downlink communications with OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network. The easy-to-install antennas will offer high bandwidth, low latency connectivity over this new generation of satellites.
Intellian terminals will be available for multiple markets including maritime, enterprise and government services.
OneWeb is launching a constellation of 648 LEO satellites, which when complete will deliver fast, high bandwidth and low latency Ku-band connectivity worldwide.
Intellian Technologies chief executive Eric Sung said it will produce “game-changing terminals, which are set to transform satellite communications by delivering cost-effective connectivity and an enhanced user experience to multiple markets”.
He called this contract award a “significant milestone for Intellian”. This comes after months of development work and negotiations, which were delayed in 2020 when OneWeb was temporarily under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
“We believe that innovation and ease of use are key to empowering connectivity,” said Mr Sung. “The work jointly announced today by Intellian and OneWeb is fundamental to our goal to enable a globally connected world.”
Mr Sung expects the compact terminals to be unveiled later in 2021, and become available in 2022.
OneWeb chief of system delivery Michele Franci said developing these terminals will be part of its ambition to “transform space communications technology”.
“Our work with Intellian to develop a range of user terminals will meet the needs of our customers in many different sectors including small, medium and large enterprises; and major vertical sectors such as maritime and governments with mission critical applications.”
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