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Galaxy Broadband Signs $50M Deal to Provide OneWeb LEO Service in Canada 

By | February 2, 2023
      The Swirl Nunavut, Canada Mike Beauregard

      Nunavut, Canada. Photo: Mike Beauregard, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

      Canadian satellite service company Galaxy Broadband Communications has signed a $50 million, multi-year deal with OneWeb for its Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) capacity to provide broadband service in Canada. Galaxy Broadband, based in Ontario, is an existing OneWeb distribution partner. It has already deployed to more than 75 locations throughout Canada, connecting anywhere from 30 to 800 users at each site.

      The company focuses connectivity services for the most remote enterprises in Canada, such as, including mine sites and remote communities. Galaxy Broadband said this deal allows it to support enterprises, communities, civil, and military government users across Canada including the northern territory of Nunavut.

      Rick Hodgkinson, CEO and founder of Galaxy Broadband Communications said its roll-out of OneWeb services is underway, with a target to have all 25 communities in Nunavut connected by the end of this year. 

      “Access to broadband internet is an essential service that supports education, healthcare, commerce and general well-being. There are numerous communities throughout Canada that do not have access to broadband internet, with the challenge in Nunavut being particularly acute as the territory is 100% dependent on satellite connectivity services. OneWeb’s low Earth orbit satellites will markedly improve connectivity in the territory and is an important milestone for Nunavummiut,” Hodgkinson said.