OneWeb introduces satellites to global service service push

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OneWeb introduces satellites to global service service push

OneWeb plans to launch a total of 648 low earth orbit satellites to roll out a high-speed global internet connection including to the most remote corners of the world.

OneWeb resumed satellite launches in December after emerging from bankruptcy protection with $1 billion in equity investment from a consortium of the British government and India’s Bharti Enterprises.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jason Neely)

It has received further financing from Bharti as well as investment from Eutelsat Communications and Japan’s Softbank.

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  • The satellites lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome at 1807 GMT on Tuesday, it said in a statement.

  • The launch, carried out by Arianespace, keeps OneWeb on track to start a service in swathes of the northern hemisphere this year and to deliver a global service next year, it said.