One Web signs pact with Isro to build global network

In what could boost satellite-based internet service, Bharti Group-backed satcom company OneWeb inked a deal with Isro's commercial arm New Space India Limited to complete its satellite launch programme to provide global internet connectivity.

The first launch with NSIL is anticipated this year from the Sriharikota launch centre.

The launches thereafter will add to OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation of 428 satellites, 66% of the planned total fleet, to build a global network that will deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity to “everyone, everywhere”.

OneWeb plans to have a constellation of 650 satellites in low earth orbit to offer communication services. In a statement, OneWeb, which is owned in part by the UK government, said it remains on track for developing its satellite constellation network, delivering industry-grade secure connectivity. OneWeb had earlier decided to suspend all launches from Russia-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in March.

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