OneWeb’s constellation of low-earth orbit satellites will offer service in Canada’s North starting in 2020, the company said Wednesday. It will launch with 16 hours of service a day by the end of 2020, with 24 hours of continuous coverage expected by the first quarter of 2021, according to a company spokesperson. OneWeb said in a press release the system will have a capacity of 375 Gbps, which it says will be enough to give “fiber-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, planes, and boats, connecting millions across the Arctic.” “The dense, flexible coverage of OneWeb's polar-orbiting satellites coupled with its high-speed service and low latency capabilities will provide a superior connectivity experience to the 48% of the Arctic currently without broadband coverage,” the company said. According to its release, the company already has an active presence in Norway and the state of Alaska with ground antennas that it says will be operational by January 2020. The LEO space is a crowded one, as some half-dozen companies -- Telesat, OneWeb, and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. among them -- are all working on launching their own low-earth orbit satellite systems. In July, the federal government announced that it would invest $85 million to Canadian LEO satellite competitor Telesat Holdings Inc. for the construction of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites. That same month, Iristel Inc.’s Ice Wireless announced a partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. to buy radio access network (RAN) equipment to connect communities in the far North.