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OneWeb says it will begin LEO service in Canada next year

telecom | 09/04/2019 7:23 pm EDT

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...

LEO projects promise rural, remote broadband in just a few years

telecom | 07/27/2018 3:16 pm EDT

Three years after a number of big companies first announced they would launch global low-earth-orbit (LEO) systems that would provide internet connectivity to remote areas around the world, that space is getting crowded — including with some Canadian competition. If...

ISED puts hold on licensing non-geostationary satellite spectrum

telecom | 06/16/2016 7:52 pm EDT

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has put a moratorium on the licensing of satellite spectrum used by commercial non-geostationary satellites. It said in a notice on its...

Experts question feasibility of low-orbit satellites for Internet

telecom | 08/25/2015 7:24 pm EDT

Some of the world’s most well-known investors, including Richard Branson and Elon Musk, are betting that new projects that involve putting thousands of satellites into low orbit will bring the...