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OneWeb is getting ready to deliver its promise of commencing its broadband-from-space services in the second half of 2023.

OneWeb will be ready for service in the second half of 2023 as it will complete the launch of its constellations by March 2023. Mittal had made this announcement at the ongoing Connecting the World from the Skies forum, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Saudi Arabia Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST), held in November 2022.

According to the CEO, the company had suffered a setback with its satellites scheduled to launch from Russia prior to the conflict in the region. The company had subsequently moved its launches to India and the United States of America. The CEO had also disclosed that its services and terminals are all ready to serve One Web’s “high demanding enterprise customers. OneWeb will start a revolution in the space communications industry by allowing each nation, customer, and user, to raise their hands anywhere in the world, however remote they are.”

However, the government has yet to decide whether it will auction or allot spectrum that is key to the launch through the administrative route. RJio, alongwith Vi are pushing for the auction route.

Also read,
https://www.communicationstoday.co.in/auction-satellite-spectrum-by-districts-says-jio-oneweb-will-likely-not-bid/

https://www.communicationstoday.co.in/trai-receives-some-more-submissions-for-allocating-satellite-spectrum/

The space economy in India is set to grow to US$13b by 2025 at a CAGR of 6%, says an EY study. This includes satellite manufacturing, where the “Make in India” initiative may spur growth owing to increased demand for small satellites. By 2025, the satellite manufacturing segment will be the 2nd fastest growing in the Indian space economy. Setting-up space parks across the country is likely to give a fillip to companies operating across the space value chain, especially manufacturing. It will be key to attracting global startups working in the space sector and help to incubate spacetech companies in India.

CT Bureau

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