The startup plans to integrate the flat-screen antenna with a OneWeb satellite modem into a sealed outdoor unit for distribution later this year.
OneWeb has launched a new user terminal designed to provide high-speed Internet connectivity to businesses, governments and remote communities.
OW1 was developed in partnership with South Korean antenna manufacturer Intellian Technologies and Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.
The new terminal, OW1, is a low power, compact and electronically controlled antenna designed to receive OneWeb high speed internet connectivity for remote locations. The physical dimensions of the OW1 are 50cm by 43cm and 10cm high, “about the size of a briefcase,” OneWeb described in its ad.
The flat panel antenna integrates the OneWeb satellite modem into an environmentally sealed outdoor unit. The unit can be installed using an optional stabilized J-bracket and can connect to its indoor component via a single combined power and data cable.
Commenting on the new launch, Michele Franci, Head of Delivery at OneWeb, said, “We are delighted to bring this user terminal to market, and thank Intellian and Collins for their valuable partnership in making it a reality. OneWeb’s vision of connecting the world requires the hardware to do it, and we’re happy to be able to offer an affordable, compact, and easy-to-install user terminal. It will connect and empower communities and small and medium businesses, opening applications for a wide variety of purposes, including community Wi-Fi in remote areas; rural retail outlet systems; agricultural functions of the Internet of Things; and internet service at hotels, health clinics, research stations and more, located in places the status quo has left offline.
Eric Sung, President and CEO, Intellian Technologies Inc., added, “This agreement marks an exciting new step in our partnership with OneWeb, providing another unique Intellian user terminal to meet new markets and demands with a band high bandwidth and low latency user experience. The OW1 is our first flat panel antenna, after years of R&D investment, expanding our comprehensive OneWeb portfolio. This user terminal is a continuation of our continued mission to “strengthen connectivity”, enabling customers in remote and difficult environments to access a cost-effective and enhanced user experience that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Intellian’s OW1, along with OneWeb’s LEO service, can enable business growth, strengthen education, and support the delivery of essential services in communities globally.
OW1 is Intellian’s first flat panel antenna. Intellian announced its partnership with OneWeb to build terminals for the fixed and maritime enterprise markets in 2019. The antennas were initially expected to be ready in 2020, but were pushed back due to delays associated with COVID and the restructuring of the bankruptcy of OneWeb.