OneWeb Successfully Launches 36 New Satellites

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OneWeb, provider of a global communications network powered from space, has announced the successful launch of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. OneWeb’s entire in-orbit network now stands at 394 satellites, with this launch being the company’s twelfth overall and ninth since December 2020. This is more than 60% of OneWeb’s projected LEO satellite fleet of 648, which is aimed at providing high-speed, low-latency worldwide connectivity.

The most recent launch took place on December 27th at 13:10pm BST. OneWeb’s satellites were released from the rocket in nine batches over a three-and-a-half-hour period, with signal acquisition on all 36 satellites verified.

OneWeb will begin the new year in a strong position, with ambitions to provide global service by the end of 2022 and continued demand for its low-latency, high-speed connection services from telecoms providers, aviation and maritime sectors, ISPs, and governments throughout the world.

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“Today’s launch is a great way for OneWeb to complete a highly successful year. With more than sixty percent of our constellation now in space, the business is fully-funded and we have a growing workforce of more than 400 people,” said Neil Masterson, CEO at OneWeb. “I have been immensely proud to lead the business and our team over the last year as we continue to make substantial progress launching our global network, and I look forward to building on this momentum in 2022.”

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Photo Neil Masterson, CEO at OneWeb
“With more than sixty percent of our constellation now in space, the business is fully-funded and we have a growing workforce of more than 400 people,” said Neil Masterson, CEO at OneWeb.

This launch concludes a “successful” 2021 for OneWeb, which saw strong momentum across the board. The company is currently fully financed, with $2.7 billion raised since November 2020 and no debt issuance, thanks to robust shareholder support.

In addition, OneWeb’s services would continue to be in high demand. OneWeb has secured distribution partner agreements with Airbus to provide LEO services for military and governmental usage in Europe, as well as Network Innovations, a new Canadian-based distribution partner, and Vocus to increase enterprise connectivity in Australia in the last month.

These partnerships, along with others announced recently with AT&T, Hughes Network Systems, BT, and Leonardo DRS, would help OneWeb achieve its aim of improving digital communication services in some of the world’s most difficult-to-reach areas. In addition, in 2021, OneWeb Technologies acquired TrustComm, a company focused on serving the unique demands of government clients.

“OneWeb now has over sixty percent of its global satellite fleet in space. It is an extraordinary achievement for a company that was reborn just a year ago,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, Executive Chairman at OneWeb. OneWeb’s shareholders, Management, Staff and Distribution Partners all share a common goal – connecting communities everywhere. Together we are delivering on our promise to achieve digital transformation on a global scale, through our robust, secure and resilient satellite broadband network.”

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