Global satellite communications company OneWeb has entered into a partnership deal with U.S.-based telecom giant AT&T Inc. The deal aims at providing better broadband connectivity for AT&T’s business and government customers located in remote and challenging geographical locations in the United States.
Notably, AT&T already provides high-speed internet connection to around 2.5 million business customer locations through its business fiber network.
The new deal will further help the company to take advantage of OneWeb’s satellite network to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity to the enterprise, small, medium-size business, and government customers of the telecom company.
Meanwhile, OneWeb has successfully launched 288 satellites so far and aims to attain global coverage by launching a total of 648 satellites by the end of 2022. The Bharti-owned LEO satellite communications company had also inked a similar deal with U.K.’s BT Group in June 2021 to explore rural connectivity solutions.
Scott Mair, the President of Network Engineering and Operations at AT&T was quoted saying that the company wants to ensure high quality and low latency broadband connectivity for all its business customers to meet their internet needs as the nation is recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The CEO of OneWeb Neil Masterson stated that the deal is envisioned to focus on how to improve captivity and coverage in remote and challenging geographical areas using advanced satellite technology. Masterson further added that the agreement not only demonstrated OneWeb’s execution momentum but also depicts the kind of confidence, loyal customers like AT&T have in their services.
AT&T’s business and government customers located in Alaska and other northern U.S. States will also receive the benefits of this deal by the end of this year, cited sources with relevant information.