Fiber-like Internet coming to the Arctic

September 10, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Fiber-like Internet coming to the Arctic
Starting in 2020, OneWeb aims to deliver a high-speed, low-latency internet service to the Arctic that will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60th parallel North.

The internet service provides enough capacity to give fiber-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, planes, and boats, connecting millions across the Arctic.

The first to provide full coverage to the region, OneWeb’s fiber-like internet will enable under-served, and unconnected communities in the artic to benefit from broadband connectivity.

The service will help advance maritime, aviation, enterprise, government and scientific research needs.

The dense, flexible coverage of OneWeb's polar-orbiting satellites coupled with its high-speed service and low latency capabilities will provide a superior connectivity experience to the 48% of the Arctic currently without broadband coverage. OneWeb recently proved its system's capabilities through HD video streaming tests last month with its first six satellites that showcased extreme low latencies under 40 milliseconds and high speed services.

The Arctic service will be deployed significantly earlier and provide 200 times more capacity than planned systems. Substantial services will start towards the end of 2020, with full 24-hour coverage being provided by early 2021, supplying unprecedented blanket coverage to every part of the Arctic Circle.

"Connectivity is critical in our modern economy," said U.S. Senator for Alaska Lisa Murkowski. "As the Arctic opens, ensuring the people of the Arctic have access to affordable and reliable broadband will make development safer, more sustainable and create new opportunities for the next generation leading in this dynamic region of the globe."

OneWeb is already active in Norway and Alaska, where its ground antennas will be fully operational by January 2020. One of OneWeb's first operational satellites in orbit is also named Nanuq-Sat after the Inuktitut word for polar bear and was named by children in Anchorage, Alaska.

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