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OneWeb, Hughes to bring LEO satellite broadband service to India
(20 Jan 2022) OneWeb and Hughes Network Systems announced a strategic six-year Distribution Partner agreement to provide low Earth orbit (LEO) connectivity services across India. The arrangement between OneWeb and Hughes Communications India Private Ltd. (HCIPL), a joint venture between Hughes and Bharti Airtel Limited, follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the companies in September 2021.
The agreement expands upon an established relationship between the two companies. Hughes, through its parent company EchoStar, is a longstanding and supportive OneWeb shareholder. It is also an ecosystem partner to OneWeb, developing gateway electronics – including for those in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu – and the core module that will power every user terminal for the system. Hughes also is the prime contractor on an agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab to integrate and demonstrate managed LEO SATCOM using OneWeb capacity in the Arctic region.
OneWeb's most recent satellite launch on 27 December 2021 brought its total in-orbit satellites to 394, over 60% of the planned 648 LEO satellite fleet. It plans to commence global service by the end of 2022.
Reference: OneWeb PR