OneWeb, the Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, and Orange S.A. (Orange), one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, announced today that they had signed a distribution agreement to expand connectivity services across Africa, Europe, Latin America, and other global regions. This news is welcomed globally as governments prioritise developing digital infrastructure post-COVID.
This partnership will facilitate the integration of OneWeb’s LEO technology with Orange’s enriched connectivity to enterprise customers and telco operators in different regions of the world. OneWeb will supplement existing services to enable connectivity in underserved areas which could not be connected with an enhanced latency. The high quality, low latency end-user experience that OneWeb will provide will lead to user satisfaction and enable new applications and OTT services.
This partnership brings additional benefits such as increased resiliency and geographical reach for enterprise solutions and backhauling in remote locations across Europe, Latin America, Africa and beyond. Through OneWeb, Orange offers a range of multi-orbital solutions complementing OneWeb’s forty years of experience in satellite connectivity to benefit small, medium and large enterprises, telco operators, and Internet Service Providers.
Commenting on the development, Neil Masterson, OneWeb’s Chief executive officer, commented on how Orange’s market-leading position made for a powerful partnership with OneWeb’s unique network and LEO technology. Moreover, the two companies would help bridge the digital divide and ensure accessibility to high-quality and reliable broadband internet in Europe, Latin America and other countries.
Jean-Louis Le Roux, Executive Vice President of Orange International Networks Infrastructures & Services, explained how the partnership with OneWeb aligned with their goal of facilitating global digital inclusion through high-quality networks in underserved areas in the world.
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