Qualcomm And Virgin Group Partner To Provide High-Speed Internet Access Via Micro-Satellites
Virgin and Qualcomm are partnered to launch the world’s largest satellite network in order to provide high-speed Internet access to everyone around the globe.
The joint venture is reported to be called OneWeb and has received investment from Virgin Group and Qualcomm which will launch an array of 648 micro-satellites into Earth’s orbit. According to Virgin Group, these micro-satellites will form the world’s largest satellite network which will offer low-latency and high-speed Internet access to users.
In order to provide the Internet access, these micro-satellites “will connect to terminals that will be deployed on the ground where required,” GizMag reports. According to OneWeb, these terminals will be self-installable and will provide Internet connectivity to nearby areas using Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE licensed to various mobile operators. As for unlicensed spectrum, only Wi-Fi or LTE will be available.
In addition to this, the network access will provide emergency and first “responder access” in case of a disastrous situation. Speaking of this, OneWeb Founder and CEO Greg Wyler stated:
OneWeb is designing a global communications infrastructure that will enable affordable Internet access to the world’s underserved populations. With the spectrum and technology, coupled with strong partners, we look forward to advancing global connectivity.
Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson also shared his views, stating:
We are excited by OneWeb’s bold vision to launch this major satellite constellation and be one of its key early investors.
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