Alaska Communications partners OneWeb on LEO satellites

Alaska Communications partners OneWeb on LEO satellites

11 June 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Alaska Communications has entered into a distribution partner agreement with OneWeb to expand its connectivity solutions across Alaska.

“We’re pleased to work with OneWeb to offer LEO services in Alaska.We see this as a milestone moment in our ability to offer low-latency, high-speed service across Alaska, particularly in rural areas,” said Bill Bishop (pictured), president and CEO of Alaska Communications.

“We see this solution as an important piece of our toolkit. We’re known for creating custom solutions to meet our customer’s needs. Collaborating with OneWeb augments our capabilities in serving our business and government customers.”

Under the terms of the distribution partner agreement, Alaska Communications will sell OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite service to its customers and use OneWeb’s infrastructure for middle mile connectivity. LEO satellites deliver fibre-like connectivity performance to areas that have been inaccessible via terrestrial options.

“Alaska Communications has unparalleled experience delivering communications to Alaskans for more than 100 years and uniquely understands where the need is across the state,” said Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb.

“We are thrilled to add our network to their offering and to be working together to see all of Alaska connected.”

Alaska Communications will begin offering LEO satellites services through OneWeb in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In related news, May saw OneWeb expand its presence into the Arctic partnering Canadian telco, Rock Networks. OneWeb said the partnership will “provide innovative and reliable communications for Canada’s Arctic region for Canadian armed forces and other government of Canada departments and agencies…”

Prior to this, Alaska Communications launched its Xtreme Internet offering which will deliver up to 1Gbps speeds to select residential locations.