Iridium and OneWeb MOU on combined satellite services

September 19, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Iridium and OneWeb MOU on combined satellite services
Iridium Communications and OneWeb have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together toward a combined LEO satellite service operating in the Ku-band and L-band.

This combined satellite service offering would be designed to make it easier for their mutual partners to offer unique bundling and co-marketing opportunities for the Iridium Certus® L-band services and OneWeb's Ku-band service. This is the first time that LEO operators have collaborated to deliver services in L-band and Ku-band and would leverage the strengths of their respective low-Earth-orbit (LEO) networks.

The MoU also creates opportunities for companies that manufacture both OneWeb and Iridium CertusTM terminals. Such new options could include Iridium-OneWeb companion packages in addition to providers being able to offer combined equipment or even new dual-constellation terminals.

While both are LEO constellations, Iridium® and OneWeb services have different capabilities on their respective bands (L-band and Ku-band), which can create a complementary, full-service option for applications such as heads of state comms, critical tactical services, maritime, disaster response and more.

"Our services are unique and complementary, and we know that customers are looking for the capabilities of both our low-Earth-orbiting networks,” said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium.

Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb said: "We believe our new offering can bring many benefits for our distribution partners. By combining the strengths of our services, we can ensure our partners are able to deliver the most innovative, seamless services to their subscribers across many markets, and in all the places that don't yet have access to the internet."


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