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OneWeb and Tampnet sign agreement to further develop the next generation of offshore connectivity capabilities

By Eric Van Rees - 27th October 2021 - 10:58

OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space, and Tampnet, the largest offshore high capacity, low-latency, communication network in the world, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to outline a distribution agreement and a series of technology trials.

The arrangement will enable OneWeb to further develop its low latency, high-speed connectivity capabilities and expand its customer base in the offshore sector. In addition to providing access to its unrivalled distribution network, Tampnet will also be a pivotal partner in collaborating with OneWeb on a series of trials to test and evaluate network capabilities in the offshore energy environment. The trials will initially focus on delivering services to offshore wind farms, rigs and platforms in the North Sea from Q1/2022 and in the Gulf of Mexico, later in 2022.

Once the service is fully online in 2023, Tampnet’s customers will benefit from OneWeb’s high speed, low-latency and flexible services that have the potential to continue transforming the efficiency of data use in offshore operations. While historically basing its infrastructure and services solely on subsea fibre, microwave and long-term evolution (LTE), the high-speed and low-latency attributes of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) technology and OneWeb’s service offering complements Tampnet’s business offerings.

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