OneWeb and TinSky Complete First West African LEO Satellite Gateway

TinSky Connect has completed the installation of 15 OneWeb antennas and customer-provided equipment at a Satellite Network Portal (SNP) or gateway facility in Accra, Ghana.

OneWeb is a global communications network powered through space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. Tinsky Connect was selected as OneWeb’s technical engineering partner for its first west African SNP. The gateway is located in Tema on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, on a site of six hectares. The site is owned and run by ComSys, who will continue to host the gateway on behalf of OneWeb.

Alan Geldenhuys, Executive Director of TinSky Connect Group, says that OneWeb and TinSky Connect worked closely together to bring the installation of the antenna to completion in just six weeks. “The site is now commissioning and will be ready for service later in 2022. Tinsky understood the complexity of the multiple satellite ‘ hands offs’ each gateway must achieve per second and deployed a highly experienced team of field engineers that provided advanced system engineering and technical services addressing OneWeb’s mission-critical SNP gateway needs at low risk and within budget,” he says.

“The teamwork between OneWeb and TinSky resulted in the project successfully completed and all SNP gateways handed over within the schedule,” adds Geldenhuys.

TinSky Connect is a leading provider of converged communication solutions to Africa’s satellite, wireless and land/airborne mobility markets. With 21 years of experience, the company has played a significant role in developing several leading first-to-market satellite solutions and managed service offerings, including managed service platforms, radio telescopes and land/air mobility solutions.

“TinSky has the proven experience to consistently deliver technically challenging projects on time and within budget. We now look forward to delivering the same high standard of work on our other ongoing projects in other key locations on the continent,” notes Geldenhuys.

OneWeb’s first SNP gateway in Africa, located in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa, is also nearing completion, with others in Senegal and Mauritius currently under development.

About TinSky Connect

Tinsky Connect is a leading provider of converged satellite (fixed and mobility), wireless and aviation data link solutions. 

TinSky provides satellite hardware and technical services to major satellite network operators and satellite service providers. We are the provider of choice for Satellite installation and engineering services, with extensive experience in the design installation of large aperture uplink facilities and mobility (COTP and COTM) solutions.

TinSky’s technical division fields a team of experienced engineers and technicians specialising in satellite remote terminals, ground stations, and VSAT network deployments. All projects are delivered through a stringent system engineering project execution methodology, from initial system design to equipment installation and RF testing.

TinSky Connect represents Intelsat on their FlexMove platform. We also provide satellite hardware and technical services to major satellite network operators and satellite service providers. In addition, we are Intelsat’s technical in-country provider of choice for Satellite installation and engineering services, with extensive experience in the design installation of large aperture uplink facilities and mobility (COTP and COTM) solutions.

A large part of our business is providing cost-effective converged communications solutions/networks for multinational companies with operations throughout Africa.

About OneWeb

OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere.