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Bharti began its telecom services business in India, in 1995, and has since evolved into one of the world’s largest telecom companies.
Its flagship company Bharti Airtel is the third largest wireless operator in the world in terms of subscribers. It has operations in 18 countries across Asia, N America, Europe, and Africa. The Bharti Group has interests in insurance, fresh and processed foods, real estate, training and capacity building, and distribution of telecom / IT products.
The U.K. space sector is an economic success story, growing by more than 60% since 2010. The sector already supports £300 billion of UK economic activity through the use of satellite services.
This will grow further as new commercial opportunities are unlocked. In 2020, the U.K. government announced a $500 million investment to acquire OneWeb together with leading international telecoms operator Bharti Global. British space technology will help pioneer new approaches to energy, communications, and resources.
Eutelsat provides coverage of the entire European continent, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and is the world's third-largest satellite operator in terms of revenues.
Its services are used for broadcasting nearly 7,000 television stations, of which 1,400 are in high-definition television, and 1,100 radio stations to more than 274 million cable and satellite homes. They also serve requirements for TV contribution services, corporate networks, mobile communications, Internet backbone connectivity and broadband access for terrestrial, maritime and in-flight applications.
The Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company invests primarily in companies operating in technology, energy, and financial sectors. It also runs the Vision Fund, the world's largest technology-focused venture capital fund, with more than $100 billion in capital.
Fund investors include sovereign wealth funds from countries in the Middle East. It operates in e-commerce, broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, information technology, finance, media and marketing, and other areas. SoftBank Corporation, its spun-out affiliate and former flagship business, is the third-largest wireless carrier in Japan, with more than 45 million subscribers as of March 2021.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar, a worldwide provider of satellite communication and Internet services through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.
In 1985 the company sold its first VSAT network. According to SatMagazine, “the global VSAT market is estimated to reach $10 billion by 2021.” HughesNet is Hughes Network Systems' satellite-based broadband internet service. As of 2017, Hughes controls 60 percent of the U.S. market for residential satellite-based internet connections, which are mostly used by rural customers out-of-reach of wired infrastructure. Hughes also markets its services to government, business, and military.
Hanwha Systems is a global total solutions company that innovates in the fields of avionics and space, security and safety, and information systems services.
Hanwha Systems plans to leverage its leading satellite and antenna technologies to help make enterprise-grade connectivity available everywhere. Collaborating and synergizing satellite technology capabilities could open the door for OneWeb to capitalize on Hanwha Systems’ presence in Asia to streamline the continent’s transition to satellite broadband. Strengthening that collaboration could eventually enable the companies to take the lead in a small satellite market that’s expected to reach $51.3 billion in value over the next ten years.
"Our shareholders are united in their support for the business. Their backing has been instrumental in OneWeb overcoming several unprecedented challenges. We continue to receive strong support from governments across all continents. Our ecosystem partners in the space and ground segments have also stood by us, and we appreciate their cooperation."
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman
OneWeb is the world’s second biggest satellite operator, backed by experienced investors and fully funded to complete the deployment of its first generation system. As a global communications company powered from low Earth orbit (LEO), OneWeb is building an advanced satellite constellation to connect businesses, telecoms, and government partners with high-speed, low-latency, internet connectivity.
LEO is changing the current satellite landscape, while OneWeb represents the lowest-cost entry investment for any LEO opportunity. Lower cost entry, lower on-going costs, and ever-increasing capacity will serve a connected world. OneWeb also has International Telecom Union (ITU) priority on global spectrum use over other operators, who will have to co-ordinate their services. This represents a significant opportunity across large and growing markets featuring both fixed and mobility services for multiple new and existing use cases across B2B and B2G.
OneWeb brings secure, resilient connectivity, through a network of Distribution Partners, from pole to pole, across oceans and continents. OneWeb is committed to the responsible use of space and sustainable practices on earth to bridge digital divides and to serve communities currently denied access to internet for schooling, health, and responsible government.
In 2020, OneWeb was acquired by the U.K. Government and Bharti Global and has since welcomed leading satellite communications operator Eutelsat on board, as well as additional investment from SoftBank, Hughes Network Group, and Hanwha. OneWeb has only been able to make significant progress, testing and scaling its constellation since 2021, thanks to supportive shareholders who have invested $2.7 billion of new equity into the business, enabling OneWeb to be fully-funded, with no debt.
OneWeb launched first commercial network services in November 2021 to regions north of the 50th parallel. Our connectivity services are secure, enterprise-grade and offered through business-to-business solutions to markets including carrier, enterprise, government, and to mobility markets such as aviation and maritime. The company has secured global priority spectrum, has a range of User Terminals in development, and has installed ground stations in strategic locations around the world including Norway, Portugal, the U.S.A, (Alaska, Connecticut, D.C.) and more. OneWeb Service Demos are underway and we are working collaboratively with our partners to increase the capacity, availability, and performance of their existing network solutions. Key customers and regional commercial services launched in late 2021, with full global capabilities to follow on completion of the launch programme.
Connectivity is one of the greatest benefits a business or government can provide: from connectivity flows a better quality of life, ever expanding horizons, and greater access to prosperity.
“OneWeb has a strong social purpose to improve the world’s access to information. It has great talent, a compelling commercial opportunity, and is supported by committed and knowledgeable owners and investors.”
OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson