Hughes Network Systems entered into an agreement with One Web Technologies distribute its data in low Earth orbit to the US Department of Defense.
The work will build on Hughes start of the first LEO Managed Satellite Communications Network (SATCOM), which was carried out in the Arctic region for the US Air Force’s research laboratory, the company announced on Tuesday.
Rick Lobiervice president and general manager of Hughes’ defense division, explained that the new deal with OneWeb surfaced alongside the introduction of the Arctic-based LEO satellite network.
“With proven implementation in the harshest environments and live LEO network capability, we are ready to deploy various integrated SATCOM solutions for the DoD in all domains, platforms and theaters worldwide,” said continued Lober.
The combined efforts of Hughes and OneWeb will result in single and multi-transport network services that incorporate OneWeb’s low-latency connectivity as well as service level charters and equipment, installation and selectable network management.
The distribution agreement provides for Hughes to provide turnkey LEO managed services to assist DOD acquisition agencies and meet international combatant command requirements.
Ian CanningChief Operating Officer of OneWeb, expressed the company’s enthusiasm for helping Hughes provide LEO data to the federal government and said the partnership “has provided the DoD with high-speed, low-latency internet. in latitudes above 75 degrees north for the first time.”
Canning also pointed to the centuries-old relationship between Hughes and OneWeb. EchoStar, Hughes’ parent company, is among OneWeb’s investors. Additionally, Hughes is doing engineering work with the OneWeb team, including gateway electronics and core module development.
Hughes and OneWeb’s distribution deal follows the former company’s March DOD contract win to provide 5G network services for a Navy air station in Washington State.