Shouldn't everyone have access to the world's information? In 2018 OneWeb will launch a constellation of satellites to provide affordable high-speed Internet access for the world’s unconnected

Need

We All Need Access

But half the world has no way to connect. OneWeb is on a mission to create an affordable global gateway. 

Note From Our Chairman

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December 19 2016

                Today’s announcement marks an important step towards achieving our mission to build a new global knowledge infrastructure accessible to everyone. This is an exciting day for those who hunger for the information, freedom, and economic participation the web enables, particularly in rural areas, and especially for the two million schools without broadband.

                We want to thank Softbank, Qualcomm, Grupo Salinas and our tireless, hyper-dedicated, mission driven team for helping to make this vision a reality. Our initial investing partners—including Airbus, Bharti, Coca-Cola, Hughes, Intelsat, MDA, and Virgin—have been incredibly supportive during the process, thank you for believing.
                With this new round of funding and based on our rapid technical progress over the past year, we also announce a much larger goal:

                                           To fully bridge the Digital Divide by 2027, making Internet access available and affordable for everyone.
                 
                While the cities and suburbs of developed countries have broadband access, over 50% of the world, including rural America, Europe and Asia, remain without reliable high-speed connectivity. The impact in emerging markets is even greater, where many are without access even at their schools or community centers.  Internet access is critical for digital government, health and education, and lack of access impairs financial growth when markets cannot develop, trade and become economically relevant to each other. This issue impacts everyone, and together we can solve it.

                OneWeb and our partners have been making great progress. We will soon provide more details of our roadmap, which includes greater than 100x capacity growth from our first generation system, including Gigabit per second speeds, lower latencies, and affordable self-installed terminals. These new capabilities will support both our 2022 goal of connecting every unconnected school and our 2027 goal of bridging the digital divide.  At the same time, boundless low latency broadband access will be available for homes, connected cars, trains, planes and cellular backhaul applications.

                In early 2018 we will launch an initial 10 production satellites, which, pending a detailed test regimen, will become the first of our fleet. Six months later we will begin our full launch campaign and start providing low latency broadband access as early as 2019.

                We have a lot to do between now and then, but it is a good time to say we have appreciated the tremendous amount of global support we have received. This is not just our mission, this is everyone’s mission—and we are really glad to be a part of it.


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Greg Wyler

Founder and Chairman




  • Education

    We can connect every school to the Internet by 2022.

  • Information

    We're building a new global knowledge infrastructure accessible to all.

  • Equality

    Our mission is to fully bridge the digital divide by 2027.

  • Inclusion

    The web enables us all to participate. This is not just our mission, it's everyone's. 

Solution

Satellites Make It All Possible

  • Constellation of satellites

    648 satellites circling the Earth will enable affordable access.

  • Faster

    OneWeb’s satellites will be closer to the earth allowing for better web performance.

  • Coverage

    OneWeb’s constellation of satellites will logically interlock with each other to create a coverage footprint over the entire planet.

  • User terminals

    Small, low-cost user terminals will talk to the satellites in the sky, and emit LTE, 3G and WiFi to the surrounding areas, providing high-speed access for everyone.

Use Cases

Assured Global Communications

OneWeb can address the most demanding global connectivity challenges and sudden infrastructure crises. Those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and refugee situations are often abruptly without infrastructure — OneWeb will bridge these gaps providing instantly deployable connectivity or long-term access solutions.

Low Latency Broadband At 30,000 Ft

OneWeb is expanding in-flight connectivity. Our system will provide business jet, commercial airline and military aviation customers with airtime services that will include weather, navigation and health monitoring of the aircraft. Together we can bring the benefits of affordable, low‑latency Internet to 30,000 ft.

Vehicle Cell Network For First Responders

Wherever you go, your mobile network will follow you with our patented mobile terminal. It mounts to the top of any emergency vehicle, providing a 200m LTE coverage circle when towers aren’t available. Our terminal will sense whether your operator has coverage and, when they don’t, instantly make their mobile network available. We can provide instantly deployable connectivity or long-term access solutions to those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and refugee situations, extending the operator's network and assuring 4G quality Internet and voice for first responders, humanitarian workers and medical personnel where and when they need it most.

Direct To Home, School Or Health Center

Our network is everyone’s network. Our system can provide access to health centers, schools, libraries, and homes through our low cost user terminal, ensuring relief to communities in need, tools to drive education, access to knowledge, and opportunities for local businesses. It’s all part of our mission to connect the world.

Rural Coverage For Mobile Operators

OneWeb will act as an extension of existing networks, not a replacement. Much of the world is already covered by ISPs and mobile operators’ high capacity networks. Our system is designed to extend these networks into rural areas and create affordable connectivity for all. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, so partner operators will be able to use our infrastructure with their current customers, devices and billing systems. Our terminals will connect to devices either on unlicensed frequencies, or using our partner operators’ frequencies to provide better coverage for their customers.

Building A Neutral Network

OneWeb’s architecture will provide layer 2 and layer 3 services that can be used by any ISP or telecommunication provider to extend any network. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, allowing OneWeb to work together with providers in any regulatory environment, anywhere in the world. 

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Technology

How Small Satellites Are Made

Mass production and satellites have never been used in the same sentence. Each satellite used to be handcrafted by hundreds of engineers. Until now. OneWeb is changing things. Today, satellites can be made in the same way high quality medical and avionics equipment are.

OneWeb Satellites:
  • Fewer components
  • Lighter weight
  • Easier to manufacture
  • Cheaper to launch

OneWeb's User Terminals

User terminals will provide high-speed connectivity with no change in latency during satellite handovers to ensure excellent voice quality, gaming and web experience. Our 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 phones, tablets and laptops.

Progressive Pitch

In 1997, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), recognizing the potential disparity in connectivity access, opened nearly 7 GHz of spectrum globally to connect the world through non-geostationary satellite systems. OneWeb’s license to utilize this capacity enables it to accomplish this through the use of a key enabling technology, developed by OneWeb and called “Progressive Pitch™”. This patent pending technology allows us to use this spectrum in the most efficient way by gradually and slightly tilting our satellites as they approach the equator to make sure we never cause, or receive, interference.

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Responsible Use Of Space

Global Citizenship in Space and on Earth

OneWeb understands space is a shared, natural resource that must be protected like any other. We are passionate about preventing debris creation, respecting existing space assets, and ensuring a safe and sustainable space (and Earth!) environment for the future.

On Board Propulsion and State of the Art Positioning

With state‑of‑the‑art onboard GPS sensors and ground-tracking measurements, OneWeb satellites will know their position within meters.
We’ve chosen clean orbits with minimal debris and our satellites, using their on-board propulsion systems are capable of performing maneuvers to steer clear of anything that may come our way.

End of Life Disposal

When a OneWeb satellite nears the end of its intended service life, it will de-orbit automatically, ensuring that the space around our planet remains free and clear for future generations.

Board of Directors

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs | Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Incorporated

Richard Branson | Founder of Virgin Group

Richard Branson

Founder of Virgin Group

Greg Wyler | Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

Greg Wyler

Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

Sunil Bharti Mittal | Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises

Thomas Enders | CEO Airbus Group

Thomas Enders

CEO Airbus Group

Ohad Finkelstein | Co-Founder and Partner of Marker-LLC

Ohad Finkelstein

Co-Founder and Partner of Marker-LLC

Eric Béranger | CEO OneWeb

Eric Béranger

CEO OneWeb

First Round Investors

From left to right: Dean Manson, Stephen Spengler, Richard Branson, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Greg Wyler, Tom Enders, Paul Jacobs

From left to right: Dean MansonStephen SpenglerRichard BransonSunil Bharti MittalGreg WylerTom EndersPaul Jacobs

News

In The News

Press Releases

OneWeb Satellites Breaks Ground On The World’s First State-Of-The-Art High-Volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility

Expected to transform the economics of space by dramatically lowering the cost in large volumes for high-performance space applications. Announced during a ceremony with Florida Governor Rick Scott, the ceremony underscores OneWeb's commitment to creating nearly 3,000 new engineering, manufacturing and supporting jobs in the United States over the next four years 

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Intelsat and OneWeb Announce Conditional Combination Agreement

Combination to Accelerate Strategic Growth Plans for Intelsat and OneWeb. SoftBank Group Corp. to Capitalize Intelsat with $1.7 Billion Investment in New Equity to Effect Intelsat Debt Reduction. Transactions Contingent Upon Acceptance by Intelsat Bondholders of Certain Exchange Offers and Other Closing Conditions

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OneWeb Announces $1.2 Billion in Funded Capital from SoftBank Group and Other Investors

EXPLORATION PARK, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OneWeb Ltd. (“OneWeb”), which is building a constellation of satellites to enable global broadband access, and SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”) announced today that OneWeb has secured $1.2 billion in funded capital from SoftBank and existing investors, of which $1 billion will come from SoftBank...

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OneWeb Announces Appointment of Eric Beranger

OneWeb, which is building a new global communications system, announces the appointment of Eric Beranger as Chief Executive Officer.

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OneWeb To Seek Access To The U.S. Market

Company files application with Federal Communications Commission seeking access to the U.S. market for its planned low Earth orbit satellite system

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OneWeb Satellites Unveils The World’s Largest High Volume Satellite Manufacturing Facility

Industry’s first High Volume Satellite Manufacturing center to be located near the Kennedy Space Center in Exploration Park, capable of delivering over 15 satellites per week  

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Careers

Jobs That Matter

OneWeb is on a mission to build the world’s largest satellite constellation to enable affordable Internet access for everyone. At OneWeb, we believe communication is a fundamental human need essential for the most important elements in our lives, such as education, creativity, disaster relief and equality. Come join the team that is making communication ubiquitous on a global scale.

Contact

Questions?

We are here to answer any questions you may have about OneWeb. Reach out to us and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

Email

For press related inquiries please reach out to one of our media relations professionals:

press@oneweb.net

Address

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Directions: Please enter from the Oak St. entrance. If you enter from the Key Blvd side, please take the elevator to Floor A, not the first floor.

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California Office: 2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 440, Mountain View, CA 94040

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OneWeb For All.

This project is large and challenging. Collaboration is the key to its success. OneWeb is everyone’s network. It belongs to us all. And it needs all of us to take action.

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