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OneWeb appoints Scottish company as distribution partner

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OneWeb has appointed an Edinburgh-based company, Clarus Networks, as a distribution partner as it rolls out its low Earth orbit (LEO) services in the UK and northern Europe.

Clarus is a family-run company, with a number of entities, including Clarus Low Earth Orbit – or Cleo – and Clarus Site Solutions, which specialises in network installation.

Clarus managing director, Derek, or Frederick, Phillips, who owns the company with his wife Debra Phillips, said: “LEO, integrated with mobile technologies such as private 5G networks which we already deploy, will revolutionise how industries such as construction, energy, and utilities can leverage data to transform all aspects of operations by improving health and safety, reducing production costs, and lowering carbon emissions.”

Clarus has bases just outside Edinburgh, where it serves the Scottish market, and in Manchester and London, where it serves England and Wales.

But Clarus will be competing with larger companies such as BT, named as a global distribution partner in November 2021. OneWeb has also announced partnerships with Alaska Communications and Pacific Datapoint in the US and, last month, Hughes Network Systems in India.

According to its filing history, Clarus Networks, formerly Clarus Communications, had shareholders’ funds of only £173,787 at the end of 2020. Under UK company law, its small size made it exempt from auditing.

Eric Gillenwater, OneWeb VP and business head for global carrier and enterprise, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Clarus. OneWeb’s aim is to help our partners meet their customers’ needs and by integrating our network’s high-speed, low latency capabilities into their offering, we hope we can have a meaningful impact connecting multiple industries and audiences together.”

OneWeb last week confirmed its thirteenth successful launch in a row. It now has 428 of its planned 648 satellites in orbit, though one of the 428 is believed to have suffered a software problem.

 

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