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  • DC Inno | How a startup plans to launch 648 satellites

    01.26.16 ‑ How a startup plans to launch 648 satellites

  • SpaceNews | European regulators among those backing OneWeb at WRC 15

    01.19.16 ‑ European regulators among those backing OneWeb.

  • Space News | OneWeb Leases Office Space Just Outside D.C.

    01.07.16 ‑ OneWeb Leases Office Space Just Outside D.C.

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

    12.19.15 ‑ SoftBank Group Leads Fundraising Round with $1 Billion InvestmentInvestment Supports Engineering and High-Volume Manufacturing of Next Generation Satellites at a New Facility in Exploration Park, FloridaExpected to Create Nearly 3,000 New Engineering, Manufacturing and Supporting Jobs in the United States Over the Next Four YearsDesigned to Accelerate Delivery of Affordable, High-Speed Internet to Rural Areas Across the United States and Emerging MarketsReflects Companies’ Shared Commitment to Building the Infrastructure Driving Tomorrow’s Technology Applications and Economic GrowthThe $1.2 billion fundraising round announced today will support OneWeb’s revolutionary technological development and the construction of the world’s first and only high volume satellite production facility. The new facility, based in Exploration Park, Florida will be capable of producing 15 satellites per week at a fraction of the cost of what any satellite manufacturing facility in the world can produce today, and expediting construction, launch and operations of its communications network. The investment is expected to create nearly 3,000 new engineering, manufacturing and supporting jobs in the U.S. over the next four years. The SoftBank-led investment will also support development to enable global access to affordable high-speed internet services for everyone, including every unconnected school in the world by 2022, as well as using OneWeb’s leading technology for growing global markets including consumer broadband, connected cars, cellular backhaul and the Internet of Things. OneWeb will begin production at the new manufacturing facility in Exploration Park, Florida, beginning in 2018.Founded in 2012 with the mission of providing affordable internet access for everyone, OneWeb is transforming the design and manufacture of satellites through innovative technologies that enable faster, cheaper, and higher-volume production. Existing investors in OneWeb include Qualcomm Incorporated, Airbus Group, Bharti Enterprises, Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., Intelsat, The Coca-Cola Company, the Virgin Group, and Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas Company. OneWeb plans to design and build a constellation starting with 720 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, the largest in history, in order to provide global internet coverage with industry leading speed and performance, significantly lower latency, as well as a significant cost advantage as a result of advanced, low-risk manufacturing techniques. With more than 10 terabits per second of new capacity and User Terminals containing embedded LTE, 3G, 2G and Wifi, the OneWeb system will extend the networks of mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) to serve new coverage areas at a lower cost, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users across the U.S. and around the world.“SoftBank has a long history of investing in disruptive, foundational technologies that promise to help us realize the future sooner. OneWeb is a tremendously exciting company poised to transform internet access around the world from their manufacturing facility in Florida,” said Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank. “Earlier this month I met with President-Elect Trump and shared my commitment to investing and creating jobs in the U.S. This is the first step in that commitment. America has always been at the forefront of innovation and technological development and we are thrilled to be playing a part in continuing to drive that growth as we work to create a truly globally connected ecosystem.”Greg Wyler, Founder of OneWeb, said, “I have long admired Mr. Son’s track record and his vision for the future of a technologically-powered world. I am honored to welcome SoftBank as a long-term investor and strategic partner. SoftBank’s investment underscores the evolution and continued success of our company and accelerates our strategic growth plan. We look forward to working together as we execute on our mission to build a global knowledge infrastructure that provides affordable broadband to the over four billion people across the globe without internet access.”The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. In connection with the investment, SoftBank Group Corp. Director Ronald D. Fisher will join OneWeb’s Board of Directors.About SoftBank GroupThe SoftBank Group is a global technology player that aspires to drive the Information Revolution. The SoftBank Group is comprised of the holding company SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO: 9984) and its global portfolio of companies, which includes advanced telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy technology providers. In September 2016, ARM Holdings plc, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, joined the SoftBank Group. To learn more, please visit www.softbank.com.About OneWebOneWeb’s mission is to enable affordable internet access for everyone and is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. With more than 10 terabits per second of new capacity, it will extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users. Contacts SoftBank GroupJapan:SoftBank Group Corp. Corporate Communications+81.3.6889.2300sbpr@softbank.co.jporUnited States:Sard Verbinnen & CoPaul Kranhold / Jim Barron+1 (415) 618-8750 / +1 (212) 687-8080SoftBank-SVC@sardverb.comorOneWebFTI ConsultingCharles Palmer+1 (571) 222-4364 / +44 (0)20 3727 1847press@oneweb.net

  • Space News | OneWeb Taps former GeoEye Boss Matt O’Connell as CEO.

    10.14.15 ‑ OneWeb LLC, which is planning a 700-satellite constellation of low-orbiting satellites to provide broadband worldwide, on Oct. 12 named Matthew O’Connell, a former chief executive of geospatial imagery provider GeoEye, as chief executive, the company announced Oct. 14.

  • Live Mint | India gets ready for the promise of OneWeb.

    10.09.15 ‑ Satellite Internet start-up OneWeb is creating a single, pan-global satellite network that promises affordable, high-quality broadband with a global footprint

  • Space Ref | MDA Partners with OneWeb on Massive LEO Satellite Constellation.

    10.05.15 ‑ MDA is the latest high profile company to partner with OneWeb in its effort to build a constellation of over 900 small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide affordable broadband services to areas of the Earth that are underserved.

  • Business Standard | A Shortcut To Broadband.

    07.06.15 ‑ Implications of Bharti's tie-up with OneWeb

  • Bloomberg | OneWeb's Mission to Start a Global Satellite Web Network.

    07.02.15 ‑ OneWeb CEO Greg Wyler discusses the company's global Internet mission with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson on "Bloomberg West."

  • Spaceflight Now | OneWeb launch deal called largest commercial rocket buy in history.

    07.01.15 ‑ Backed by a fresh capital infusion and regulatory rights to a valued slice of satellite communications spectrum, the space-based Internet company OneWeb has contracted with Arianespace and Virgin Galactic to deploy hundreds of refrigerator-sized spacecraft around Earth.