OneWeb received permission from the FCC in June to deploy a global network of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) frequency bands. Earlier in 2017, OneWeb started building a satellite manufacturing factory which will be capable of producing 15 satellites per week.
Small, low-cost user terminals will talk to the satellites in the sky, and emit LTE, 3G and WiFi to the surrounding areas, providing high-speed access for everyone.
OneWeb will act as an extension of existing networks, not a replacement. Much of the world is already covered by ISPs and mobile operators’ high capacity networks. Our system is designed to extend these networks into rural areas and create affordable connectivity for all. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, so partner operators will be able to use our infrastructure with their current customers, devices and billing systems. Our terminals will connect to devices either on unlicensed frequencies, or using our partner operators’ frequencies to provide better coverage for their customers.
OneWeb’s architecture will provide layer 2 and layer 3 services that can be used by any ISP or telecommunication provider to extend any network. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, allowing OneWeb to work together with providers in any regulatory environment, anywhere in the world.
How Small Satellites Are Made
Mass production and satellites have never been used in the same sentence. Each satellite used to be handcrafted by hundreds of engineers. Until now. OneWeb is changing things. Today, satellites can be made in the same way high quality medical and avionics equipment are.
Easier to manufacture
Cheaper to launch
On Board Propulsion and State of the Art PositioningB
With state‑of‑the‑art onboard GPS sensors and ground-tracking measurements, OneWeb satellites will know their position within meters.
They have chosen clean orbits with minimal debris and our satellites, using their on-board propulsion systems are capable of performing maneuvers to steer clear of anything that may come our way.
SpaceX and Boeing are among those proposing new, huge internet satellite constellations.