OneWeb, the global low Earth orbit (LEO) communications network announced that representatives of international humanitarian organisations took part in a successful demonstration of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite capabilities last month at the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.
The meeting saw attendance from local organisations and virtual attendance from a number of United Nations’ humanitarian organisations. The annual event allows IT and Telecoms managers from across the major non-governmental organizations to experience new technology solutions in the market, relevant to their efforts and to enable discussions with key providers on their needs.
The demonstration was a significant milestone for OneWeb in the region since expanding connectivity services across Southern Europe. The team showcased the network’s capability to deliver high-speed, low latency communications through two different user terminals. First was with the recently launched Kymeta Hawk u8 user terminal which is suited for fixed applications and mountable on moveable vehicles and vessels. Secondly, the team showcased the new human-portable flat panel INSTER, which slides into a backpack for increased portability for ‘any situational’ comms on the pause (COTP) and will be available in the second half of this year. Movability is a vital aspect of natural disaster and human crisis missions where no cellular or terrestrial-based networks are available and these user terminals in OneWeb’s product line are well placed to support critical comms in emergency response situations.
For customers, OneWeb offers a secure and agile low-earth-orbit communications plan, providing end users with primary, alternate, contingency and emergency (PACE) connectivity should any specific network become disrupted or unavailable for any reason.
OneWeb, successfully streamed 4K video feeds, ran Teams and GoogleEarth applications at up to 150Mbps download speeds; up to 29Mbps upload speeds; and latency levels as low as 70ms.
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