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OneWeb dramatically cuts satellite plan

During its bankruptcy last year, would-be satellite operator OneWeb requested permission to launch almost 48,000 satellites into orbit. That application was made in May 2020. Now, perhaps wiser heads have prevailed, and the overall number reduced dramatically by almost 85 per cent. OneWeb, in a filing this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has […]

January 15, 2021

OneWeb will add positioning in Gen. 2.0

Sunil Mittal, executive chairman of OneWeb, has confirmed that the satellite operator will add a global positioning, navigation and timing system onto its 2nd Generation of satellites for a GPS-type service. Mittal’s Bharti is a joint investor with the UK government in OneWeb. Meanwhile, he said that OneWeb’s current fleet can provide a timing service. […]

December 14, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb ready to go

OneWeb’s technicians and the launch engineers at Russia’s Vostochny spaceport have fully integrated 36 satellites in readiness for a launch target date of December 17th. The rocket’s protective fairing is graced with flags of the UK and India representing the company’s two major shareholding owners, the UK government and Bharti Enterprises of India. The actual […]

December 11, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb planning for India business

Bharti Global’s MD Shravin Mittal, son of Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, speaking to India’s Economic Times, says that Bharti is now planning how it will enter the giant Indian market. Mittal says that OneWeb is on track to secure the regulatory approvals and permissions to launch a service in India. However, what is not […]

December 2, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb to exit bankruptcy soon

UK-based mega-constellation satellite operator OneWeb has received various US government approvals for it to exit its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The approvals include the FCC which sanctioned the purchase by the UK government and Bharti Global this week. The FCC’s decision came in the form of an ‘Order’ on October 26th which gave permission for OneWeb […]

October 29, 2020

UK & Bharti get Court approval for OneWeb purchase

The US Bankruptcy Court has given its formal approval for the £800 million purchase of satellite company OneWeb, now in the final stages of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation. The buyer will be a new company (‘BidCo’) comprising the UK Government and India’s Bharti Global. Each will hold about 45 per cent of the company’s […]

October 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb to restart launches in December

OneWeb, despite its current Chapter 11 bankruptcy situation, is to resume launching its satellites in December. It will restart launches using Arianespace using an amended agreement with the rocket launch company. OneWeb says the new schedule puts its business back on track to complete its full constellation by the end of 2022.  OneWeb says it […]

September 22, 2020

Bharti requests ISRO’s help for OneWeb terminals

Sunil Mittal, chairman of the Bharti group of business, has spoke at length about its involvement in bankrupt satellite operator OneWeb. Bharti has committed to investment $500 million in OneWeb. The UK government is matching the investment, while a smaller sum ($50 million) will come from EchoStar’s sister company Hughes Network Systems. Japan’s SoftBank and […]

August 21, 2020

Telkom Kenya scraps Bharti merger

Telkom Kenya is no longer pursuing a proposed joint venture transaction with the Kenyan unit of India’s telco giant Bharti Airtel. Bharti Airtel had said in February last year that its Airtel Networks Kenya unit had agreed to buy Telkom Kenya, the East African nation’s smallest operator in which the government still has a 40 […]

August 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

OneWeb extension for Chapter 11 plan

Would-be mega-constellation OneWeb, which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy organisation, has been granted a 90-day extension of the timetable to produce a formal plan as to how it might exit Chapter 11. OneWeb is in the process of being acquired by the UK government along with Indian telco Bharti Global who have both promised to […]

July 31, 2020