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Japan: SoftBank, OneWeb distribution deal

September 12, 2023

SoftBank and OneWeb have signed a Distribution Partnership Agreement to deliver satellite communication services across Japan. SoftBank and OneWeb will promote the delivery and upgrade of satellite communication services.

OneWeb’s LEO satellite-based services will provide fast communication services with low latency, as LEO satellites are located close to the earth. By integrating with SoftBank’s closed domain connection services, OneWeb says its technology will make it possible to achieve even more secure communication in Japan. Furthermore, the agreement provides for a bandwidth guarantee to ensure that customers get the speed and stability they expect. SoftBank is developing new services to realise the full potential of the agreement, including customising its communication network based on the various needs of enterprise customers and ensuring one-stop delivery of device terminals and customer support.

SoftBank aims to develop an environment where communications can be connected seamlessly everywhere by integrating Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) solutions that provide communication networks utilising satellites in space, including OneWeb’s LEO satellites, and HAPS (High Altitude Platform Stations) in the stratosphere with terrestrial mobile networks to create a Ubiquitous Network.

Takenori Kobayashi, SoftBank Corp. Vice President, Head of Product Technology Division, said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with OneWeb, a pioneer in low Earth orbit satellite communications. This collaboration will offer customers high-speed, low-latency connectivity solutions in remote and in underserved areas in Japan. We look forward to working closely with OneWeb to provide exceptional service and expand the reach of our growing Ubiquitous Network throughout the region.”

Stephen Beynon, OneWeb’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “We are excited to extend OneWeb’s low-latency, high-performance satellite connectivity to SoftBank in its quest to connect Japan through its Ubiquitous Network. We thank SoftBank for their continued support and partnership and look forward to adding new reach, resiliency and capabilities to Japan’s communications landscape.”

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