Currently the connectivity is accessible in all areas over 50 degrees latitude. Latency is less than 50 milliseconds, and speeds are 100 Mbps or more.
OneWeb is a global satellite communications company that aims to provide affordable, high-speed internet connectivity to people around the world, particularly in underserved and unserved regions. The company plans to acheive this by building and operating a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that can provide internet connectivity to any location on Earth.
The OneWeb network will consist of a total of 648 satellites in orbit, which will be interconnected with ground stations to provide global coverage. The satellites will orbit the Earth at an altitude of around 1,200 km, which is lower than traditional communications satellites, enabling faster data transfer and lower latency.
The OneWeb satellites communicate with each other using lasers and radio frequencies to create a mesh network in space. This means that data can be transmitted from one satellite to another until it reaches a ground station, which is connected to the internet backbone. The ground stations will communicate with the satellites using radio frequencies, allowing data to be transmitted between the satellites and the ground stations.
OneWeb's satellite network will be capable of delivering internet speeds of up to 1Gbps with a latency of 30ms or less, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, including video conferencing, streaming, and online gaming. The network will also be able to support IoT (Internet of Things) devices, enabling businesses and organizations to connect and monitor their assets remotely.
According to a September 4, 2019 press release, "OneWeb will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above 60th parallel north. With service starting in 2020, there will be enough capacity to give fiber-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, planes, and boats, connecting millions across the Arctic.
The dense, flexible coverage of OneWeb’s polar-orbiting satellites coupled with its high-speed service and low latency capabilities will provide a superior connectivity experience to the 48% of the Arctic currently without broadband coverage. In fact, OneWeb most recently proved its system’s capabilities through HD video streaming tests last month with its first six satellites that showcased extreme low latencies under 40 milliseconds and high speed services.
A global network, OneWeb’s Arctic service will be deployed significantly earlier and provide 200 times more capacity than planned systems. Substantial services will start towards the end of 2020, with full 24-hour coverage being provided by early 2021, supplying unprecedented blanket coverage to every part of the Arctic Circle."
OneWeb for Maritime
OneWeb is powering the digital transformation of vessels at sea. We are providing networking solutions tailored to any need, at any level, replacing one-size-fits-all connectivity with a full spectrum of tailored, customizable broadband channels. Our high throughput, low-latency global network is delivering unprecedented flexibility, lowering the barriers to high quality maritime connectivity, minimizing environmental impact, and enabling the fleets of the future.
OneWeb for Aviation
OneWeb’s vision-led global communications network provides internet access everywhere, creating new Use Cases and opportunities for both business and commercial aviation our Business jet passengers consider high performance bandwidth, speed, and coverage area of onboard connectivity essential for inflight office and travel time. Commercial airlines want to provide ever improving service quality and incremental value to reflect loyalty. Passengers boarding commercial airlines with mobile devices switched on want a reliable, safe, fiber-like internet experience in the sky for seamless and uninterrupted access to their emails, social media networks, online games or apps.
OneWeb for Enterprise
Enterprise information systems and business functions that once were relatively constant are becoming more agile as organisations turn to more dynamic, digitally-powered, cloud-enabled applications to accelerate their IT delivery. OneWeb’s connectivity will enable this digitalization process within the Enterprise sector, streamlining ISP solutions with low latency, secure fiber-like connectivity everywhere that offers a competitive advantage, more intelligent interactions, a more skilled and connected future workforce, and operational capability across a wider geographical region
OneWeb for Government
OneWeb global communications network will deliver the levels of reliable and secure throughput that government applications require. Our high-speed, low latency creates new Use Cases that will enhance decision-making and security to connect those who protect. These include breakthroughs in the commercial mobile communications sector such as increased GPS capability, improved persistent FMV (Full-Motion Video) relay for unmanned aircraft systems, and increased reliance on mobile adhoc networks. OneWeb’s global network also creates new solutions for civil government applications such as border forces, maritime security, disaster management and recovery, and government-funded non-profit social initiatives in areas such as education.
OneWeb User Terminals
A OneWeb User Terminal (UT) consists of a satellite antenna, a receiver and a customer network exchange (CNX) unit. The CNX connects the UT to the customer’s network which in turn connects to end-user devices including laptops, smartphones, sensors, and more. OneWeb is working with leading vendors to provide a portfolio of high performance UTs that can be easily self-installed and which will be customized for specific applications within the Aviation, Maritime, Enterprise, Cellular Backhaul, Government and Consumer broadband sectors. Different User Terminals which feature low power, fast Qualcomm chipsets will be made available for ships, aviation, trucks and trains as well as terminals for premises and fixed locations.
OneWeb User Terminals will provide high speed connectivity with no change in latency during satellite handovers to ensure excellent voice quality, gaming and web experience. The patent pending terminals can be self-installed. They are small, affordable, and so efficient they can operate with optionally included solar panels, battery packs, and WiFi / LTE / 3G and 2G radios to provide coverage directly to cell phone, tablets and laptops. More details on OneWeb User Terminals will be released in the lead up to service launch.
When is the next OneWeb launch?
The next launch of 34 satellites is scheduled for March, 2020 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Where is OneWeb located?
OneWeb is headquartered in London, United Kingdom and was founded in Arlington, Virginia, USA. US offices are in Mclean, VA, Mountain View, CA and Rockledge, FL.
How much will a OneWeb User Terminal cost?
According to a 2019 article, a OneWeb User Terminal will cost between US$200-$300. "Aviation terminals are more expensive because of lengthy certification procedures and modifications needed to ensure they work in harsh environments", said Greg Wyler, OneWeb founder.
OneWeb partners include bharti, Hughes, Intellian, Airbus, Coca Cola, Qualcomm, Virgin and MDA.
February 6, 2020 - OneWeb successfully launches and deploys 34 satellites.
January 27, 2020 - OneWeb signs MoU to provide high-speed broadband across Kazakhstan by 2022.
January 17, 2020 - next batch of satellites has made their way from Florida to Baikonur.
Coronavirus pushes SpaceX competitor OneWeb into bankruptcy (cnet.com, April 1, 2020)
OneWeb confirms layoffs and potential launch schedule delays amid reported bankruptcy considerations (TechChunch, March 20, 2020)
OneWeb partners with JSC Silknet to bring high-speed satellite broadband services to Georgia (OneWeb.world, January 31, 2020)
OneWeb, U.S. senator, urge FCC to act on 2018 request for 1,260 more satellites (SpaceNews, January 27, 2020)
UK’s OneWeb Awarded Satellite Communications Landing Rights In Nigeria (SpaceWatch.Global, January 2020)
OneWeb, Softbank seek dismissal of Intelsat lawsuit (November 12, 2019)
OneWeb’s first big deployment launch slips to January (November 8, 2019)
OneWeb to raise $1bn for mega-constellation (November 4, 2019)
Intelsat sues OneWeb broadband satellite venture over a mega-deal that went sour (September 20, 2019)
UK-based company hopes to offer 'fibre-like' internet through satellites to Arctic (CBC.ca, September 10, 2019)
Internet-from-space provider OneWeb says it will provide coverage to the Arctic by 2020 (theverge.com, September 4, 2019)
OneWeb launches first batch of interent satellites - Video (February 28, 2019)
Wyler claims breakthrough in low-cost antenna for OneWeb, other satellite systems (spacenews.com, January 25, 2019)