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BBC corrects OneWeb Russia “ban” story

August 6, 2019

A BBC report that satellite mega-constellation operator OneWeb had been blocked by Russia from sending or receiving signals from its orbiting satellites, has been corrected and updated.

The BBC quotes Mikhail Kaigorodov, OneWeb’s commercial director for Russia, saying: “OneWeb’s joint venture in Russia has withdrawn its application for landing rights in the Russian Federation. The withdrawal of the application has been done in accordance with applicable procedures and with the approval of the state authorities.”

The BBC report suggests that the application was cancelled in order to make a fresh application under recent new legislation in Russia.

“An application withdrawal was required to ensure compliance with the newly-introduced requirements related to national security, that are now necessary for landing rights approval,” said Kaigorodov. “”The landing rights application for the OneWeb system in Russia shall be supplemented, revised, and submitted again.”

“OneWeb looks forward to working with the Russian government to bring its services to the country,” he concluded in the BBC report.

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