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Arctic Space Technologies Finalizes Agreement to Build OneWeb Gateway in Sweden

By Mark Holmes | May 23, 2023
A visualization of OneWeb's constellation. Photo: OneWeb

A visualization of OneWeb’s constellation. Photo: OneWeb

Arctic Space Technologies will construct a satellite network portal (SNP) for OneWeb, a hyperscale satellite ground station installation at the Arctic Space Technologies’ Space Center in Piteå in Northern Sweden. The companies signed a bilateral agreement late last year, and have now finalized the detailed design work as well as obtained all approvals for the construction of the SNP. Arctic Space will install 27 satellite tracking antenna systems at the site, which is expected to be operational in the third quarter of this year.

The SNP will provide increased connectivity for customers across industries including maritime and aviation, as well as meet network demands and provide 4G and 5G backhaul solutions. OneWeb said its decision to expand its reach in this region is a testimony to the benefits of the massive investments into sustainable energy currently being made in Northern Sweden. It says the combination of the sustainable focused EcoDataCenter, used for data processing, the zero-carbon Arctic Space Center for ground station operations, and OneWeb satellites could render this project into one of the most ecologically friendly propositions in the market.

“I look forward to our future work together that will not only be of great benefit for both parties, but also align space activities with the European Green Deal. In addition, we currently rapidly expand our support for satellite constellations worldwide and by the trust of companies like OneWeb, Arctic Space Technologies continues to build up momentum and innovate the market to bring forward new standards for satellite data processing,” Benjamin Fischer, CEO of Arctic Space Technologies, said in a statement.

Last week, OneWeb announced that SSC will build and manage an SNP in Northwest Canada for the company, hosting 27 antenna bases.

Arctic Space Technologies also hosts Viasat’s Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility for the operator’s ground-station-as-a-service (GSaaS) network in Öjebyn, Sweden.