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OneWeb to initiate commercial services in Canada by end of year

The competition heats up: The CEO of the satellite company OneWeb has announced that it will begin commercial internet service in the rural areas of Canada by end of ’21.

Neil Masterson, who took over as CEO of OneWeb late last year after the company raised fresh funds from the British government and Bharti Global Ltd. of India, says the operator is in talks with Canadian telecoms, local internet providers and municipal governments about providing them with broadband connectivity from its constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Unlike SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, which is providing service directly to individual customers, OneWeb is aiming to serve businesses and government agencies, selling its service to large operations which can then dole it out to their own customers.

Regardless, two different internet companies, using satellites in low Earth orbit, are now becoming available. If Amazon ever moves forward on it Kuiper constellation that will be three.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • RobinSolana

    Seems to me there is a 3rd constellation gathering in orbit,
    doing tests and talking about selling IoT like store and forward
    short text or data messages to individuals and all kinds of
    industry and agricultural uses cases.
    Satellites are 1/4U about the size of a fat ham sandwich.

    Think text messaging in the sky to tell the level in the stock tank
    out in the west pasture.
    Couple of hundred characters, both directions, low data rate messaging both directions.
    Expect message delivery in < 5min
    Could be very useful

    The company is SWARM and they have a very dramatic and
    compelling story.
    Wish them luck

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