Intelsat and Eutelsat sign $500m LEO partnership 


Intelsat have claimed that the announcement will put the company “at the forefront of the next wave in global connectivity”
France-based Eutelsat Group and America’s Intelsat have partnered to invest $500 million to advance the OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Constellation.  


The collaboration, which was announced this week, will in begin mid-2024 with a $250 million commitment, has an option of a further $250 million, the company said. 

Starting mid-2024, Intelsat will integrate OneWeb’s LEO Network with its existing GEO and terrestrial networks. This move is expected to deliver unmatched services to customers in networks, government, and mobility industries.  

Intelsat will cooperate with Eutelsat to develop its Next Generation OneWeb constellation, providing direct design and functionality input to help ensure that the new constellation will meet increasing customer needs. 

“Today’s announcement elevates that partnership to unprecedented heights, bolstering our capacity to offer cutting-edge multi-orbit services and solutions across our diverse portfolio of customers and business segments,” Dave Wajsgras, CEO of Intelsat in a press release. 

Eva Berneke, CEO of Eutelsat Group, highlighted the importance of the collaboration in a press release, saying, “This expanded collaboration with Intelsat underscores a resounding vote of confidence in the prowess of the OneWeb satellite constellation, both today and in the foreseeable future.” 

The Eutelsat Group was formed through the merger of Eutelsat and OneWeb in 2023, becoming the first fully integrated GEO-LEO satellite operator with a fleet of 35 GEO satellites and a LEO constellation of more than 600 satellites to cater to mobile connectivity needs across Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific. 

As the partnership evolves, it promises to redefine satellite communication possibilities, offering unprecedented connectivity solutions worldwide. 

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