OneWeb Signs Partnership Deal with Veon
OneWeb is partnering with the VEON Group (Veon) to provide extended mobile internet connectivity and digital services in emerging markets. The two companies announced the deal at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on March 1. Veon is a global digital operator that provides converged connectivity and online services. Veon’s operating companies serve a vast geography that is home to more than 510 million people, including countries that have some of the lowest population densities in the world, uneven population distribution, internal migration patterns, rich economic resources in remote areas and disaster-prone regions.
The partnership with OneWeb will further support Veon’s 4G for all and humanitarian connectivity focus, which has seen Veon’s operating companies significantly increase their 4G coverage over the past two years, bridge the digital divide for millions of users, respond to disasters and unlock economic growth in their markets.
OneWeb has now launched 544 satellites into orbit, which represents 80% of its satellite constellation, and this will deliver global coverage when completed later this year. OneWeb’s services aims to work seamlessly with mobile communication infrastructure to enable satellite backhaul to be integrated into mobile networks.
“We are excited to explore the possibilities this partnership will bring, from emergency connectivity in disaster response to enabling economic activity in remote regions, and to serving rural areas with mobile education, healthcare and financial services, complementing terrestrial connectivity,” Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of VEON Group said in a statement.