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Intellian to Deliver OneWeb User Terminals in 2021

By Annamarie Nyirady | December 17, 2020

A OneWeb user terminal installed at OneWeb’s headquarters in London. Photo: Intellian

Intellian revealed Monday that the company is finishing production of dedicated, Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite user terminals for OneWeb. Intellian originally partnered with OneWeb in 2019 to build terminals, and the companies restarted their prior agreement after OneWeb emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Intellian’s agreement with OneWeb is for the production of a wide range of dedicated OneWeb user terminal types with a variety of antenna sizes. These terminals are designed to serve sectors including cellular backhaul, enterprise, rural broadband, telecommunications, telemedicine, schools, hospitals, agriculture, mining, government, and maritime — including merchant shipping, oil and gas exploration, leisure or fishing. Additionally, this partnership will allow current Intellian customers to use existing Intellian NX series terminals by incorporating an option to upgrade them to operate on OneWeb’s LEO constellation in the future.

OneWeb aims to begin commercial services at the end of 2021 to the U.K., Alaska, Canada, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, and the Arctic Seas.

OneWeb Chief of Delivery and Operations Michele Franci commented: “We are delighted to recommence our production agreement with Intellian. Together we will fulfill the needs of our customers, who are looking for an improved global service with high-speed, low latency and a terminal that will deliver all this with simple installation. OneWeb addresses a range of different markets, which carry their own specific service and user terminal requirements. Our partnership with Intellian allows us to develop a family of user terminals that will meet these varied market and customer needs.”

Additionally, OneWeb revealed Wednesday that it is renewing its ground network partnership with Hughes Network Systems.