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OneWeb signs Canadian distributor

May 20, 2021

By Chris Forrester

OneWeb has signed what it describes as a “key distribution partnership” with Rock Networks in Canada.

Ottawa-based Rock Networks is an end-to-end communications systems integrator focused on wireless and broadband solutions. The announcement was made during The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries Canadian Defence Marketplace event. Rock Networks is a Canada-wide telecommunications hardware systems integrator and service provider of wireless and broadband solutions to rural communities, commercial enterprises, government departments, agencies, and defence forces.

OneWeb says its partnership with Rock Networks will utilize the power of its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) services with Rock’s devices and services to bring strengthened connectivity to Canada’s national defence and security protocols. “It will provide innovative and reliable communications for Canada’s Arctic Region for Canadian Armed Forces and other Government of Canada Departments and Agencies. Specifically, broadband low latency satellite communications will be available for those operating across Canada and, most notably, the high arctic,” said a joint statement.

OneWeb says it will be offering connectivity across all of Canada’s provinces and territories this coming November.

Dylan Browne, Head of Government Services at OneWeb, commented: “OneWeb’s polar satellite services will provide vital connectivity for Canada’s national defence and security plus a secure bridge home for defence and diplomatic missions abroad. OneWeb and ROCK Networks will participate in a number of forthcoming defence events and exercises to showcase airborne and maritime surveillance, resupply, support patrols and security exercises.”

Joe Hickey, CEO/President of ROCK Networks, added: “Low latency connectivity is the future and it is a valuable addition to our broader communications portfolio. It will enable a range of critical applications to support our customers. We are thrilled to be partnering with OneWeb and look forward to starting demonstrations this year.”

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