OneWeb Will Use 648 Satellites to Provide Global Internet Access

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jan 19, 2015
References: businesswire & gizmag
A small Internet company by the name of OneWeb is developing that aims to utilize a network of satellites to provide high-speed Internet access to people around the world. Over half of the world's population has no access to the web, and this project -- backed by investment from Virgin and Qualcomm -- is looking to change that.

OneWeb is looking to launch into orbit a fleet of 648 micro-satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed Internet access and will comprise the largest satellite network in human history.

The satellites will connect to ground terminals that will provide connectivity to the vicinity via WiFi, LTE, 3G or 2G connections that can be licensed to a mobile provider, or simply WiFi or LTE on the open, unlicensed spectrum.

The network will also be able to provide emergency access in the wake of disaster or in refugee camps and other places of need.