Eutelsat/OneWeb: Another Domino of Consolidation Falls

August 5, 2022

Eutelsat and OneWeb recently announced plans to combine, forming a GEO/LEO entity, in a major instance of consolidation in the satellite industry. Here is a compilation of exclusive Via Satellite content covering Eutelsat and OneWeb over the past year and a half.

We will continue to assess the Eutelsat/OneWeb combination and what this means to our industry, so keep a lookout on this page for the latest news! If you’re not already a free Via Satellite member, register here to get breaking news and analysis delivered straight to your inbox.

July 2022 – Eutelsat, OneWeb CEOs Outline Plans for Combined GEO/LEO Entity

Eutelsat and OneWeb have reached an agreement to combine, bringing together satellite assets in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) for multi-orbit service.

July 2022 – Potential Eutelsat, OneWeb Merge Raises Questions for Analysts

French satellite company Eutelsat announced it was in talks with OneWeb shareholders regarding a potential all-share combination that would see the two operators join forces.

June 2022 – Eutelsat is Set for an Evolution With New CEO Eva Berneke

Eutelsat’s new CEO Eva Berneke shares her initial observations of the satellite industry, her ambitions for Eutelsat, and what she brings from telecoms into the satellite industry to help the European operator.

June 2022 – Relativity to Launch Satellites for OneWeb’s Gen-2 Constellation

OneWeb signed a launch contract with Relativity Space to launch satellites in its Gen 2 network on the new Terran R rocket. The deal marks a win for Relativity Space before the first flight of its Terran 1 vehicle. 

March 2022 – OneWeb Suspends Launches From Baikonur, Arianespace Suspends Soyuz Launches

OneWeb’s board of directors voted to suspend launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and Arianespace is suspending Soyuz launches as the companies rejected demands from Russian space agency Roscosmos.

March 2022 – Satellite Operators Stake Their Place in the Global Telco Ecosystem

Satellite operators continue to wrestle with their transformation from a mature industry focused on broadcast delivery of regionalized TV services, into a fast-growing slice of the global telecommunications sector.

March 2022 – Satellite Industry Leaders Define Their Biggest Opportunities and Threats

The 2020s have ushered in global challenges that in many ways eclipsed those of the previous decade — yet for the space industry, the opportunities, too, have also been unprecedented.

January 2022 – AT&T Exec on How OneWeb’s LEO Connectivity Expands Options for Telcos

One of the deals of 2021 saw AT&T partner with OneWeb to bring satellite-based connectivity to AT&T’s business customers who need connectivity in remote and challenging locations.

October 2021 – OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson Talks Executing Operator’s Ambitious Connectivity Vision

Masterson spoke with Via Satellite before and after SATELLITE 2021 to talk about the operator’s progress, the recent deal with AT&T, and his views on why industry collaboration will be key to OneWeb’s success.

June 2021 – OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson Talks Telcos and Terminals

In one of his first public speaking appearances as OneWeb’s new CEO, Neil Masterson emphasized OneWeb’s go-to-market strategy for its LEO constellation as a business-to-business model.

May 2021 – Eutelsat Deputy CEO Explains Rationale Behind OneWeb Deal

Eutelsat made the news with a deal to acquire around a 24% stake in OneWeb, in a deal worth over $500 million. The investment is an example of a major, global satellite operator making a significant play in LEO.

February 2021 – Sunil Bharti Mittal Talks Renews Faith in ‘Hidden Gem’ OneWeb

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, and agriculture, in addition to other ventures.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available.