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27 Dec 2022

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Hughes Sells 10,000 LEO Terminals to OneWeb

Today, OneWeb announced that it had acquired 10,000 LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) terminals from Hughes Network Systems. This acquisition is a major milestone for the company, as it marks the first step in its ambitious goal of providing global internet access.

The new terminals will expand OneWeb's existing satellite constellation to enable faster, more reliable internet connections for its customers. According to OneWeb, the terminals will be deployed globally, with each terminal supporting up to 500 megabits per second of data throughput.

The acquisition of these LEO terminals from Hughes comes when the demand for internet access is higher than ever before. With more people working and learning from home, businesses and educational institutions need fast, reliable connections to keep up with their customers and students.

"We are excited about the capabilities in the Hughes flat panel and the unique benefits we can extend to our customers," said Massimiliano Ladovaz, CTO at OneWeb. "These terminals will enable our partners to optimize the low latency, high-speed benefits of our network with a turnkey, easy-to-install, and operate terminal."

OneWeb acquired several Hughes models, including the HL1100, which includes a Hughes electronically steered antenna and compact indoor and outdoor equipment needed for high-speed, low-latency broadband service.

OneWeb claims the models are compact, easy to install, and can provide speeds up to 195 Mbps down and 32 Mbps up. Prototype testing has already begun on the models.

This purchase of LEO terminals also represents an important step forward in OneWeb's mission to provide global broadband access to everyone. In addition to providing access in remote areas, OneWeb's new LEO terminals will help expand coverage in congested areas where traditional satellites may struggle to connect users.

OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson said this acquisition is "an important step towards our mission of providing affordable, high-speed internet access to anyone, anywhere, anytime." He added that he is excited about the potential for these terminals to help bridge the digital divide by providing access to even the most remote corners of the world.

This move from OneWeb and Hughes is part of a larger trend toward companies investing in satellite technology to provide better access to the internet for providing reliable internet access on a global scale.

Also read: Elon Musk says the Chinese government isn't allowing him to sell his satellite

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