OneWeb receives India licence
August 9, 2021
By Chris Forrester
Would-be broadband constellation operator OneWeb has received a Letter of Intent confirming that its licence to provide services to India is approved.
The confirmation has come from India’s Dept. of Communications and the [Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite, GMPCS] licence will be for 20 years. However, OneWeb has to supply certain compliance declarations as well as a fee structure in order for the licence to be validated. The business has also to be licensed for its satellite bandwidth landing rights by the Dept. of Space, but this is now seen as a formality.
OneWeb is part-owned by India’s Bharti Group, the UK government and with additional investments from SoftBank and Eutelsat.
OneWeb has previously stated that it will start services for India in May 2022, however it expects to offer connectivity to certain northerly countries later in 2021.
OneWeb is not targeting consumers directly but will operate a Business-to-Business trading model, working through Bharti as well as other service providers.