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Telespazio Opens New Maricá Satellite Teleport, Hosting OneWeb LEO Satellite Gateway

By Lauren McCaffrey | March 6, 2023

Telespazio’s new Maricá satellite teleport in Brazil. Photo: Telespazio

Telespazio Brasil opened a new Maricá satellite teleport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday March 1, hosting the new OneWeb Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite gateway. 

Maricá can host several satellites earth stations, LEO and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites infrastructures, and Earth observation ground stations. The teleport has redundant internet connection and fiber connectivity to the main data centers in Rio and São Paulo.

The OneWeb Gateway operates with 15 antennas, and a redundant data center in the same location. The Gateway will be part of OneWeb’s LATAM ground system to deliver broadband with low-latency and high-security communications for government institutions, defense, oil and gas and aviation industries, as well as for mobile network companies bringing 3G, 4G, and 5G to all parts of Brazil.

Government and industry officials and several political and military authorities attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“The inauguration of the Marica Teleport is a key piece in Telespazio’s global strategy on ground segment. Brazil, where we have been present since 1997, and more generally Latin America, is a region with economic potential only partially expressed, with some economies in strong growth and with a clear satellite vocation both for satcom and geoinformation services,” said Luigi Pasquali, coordinator of Space Activities at Leonardo and CEO of Telespazio.