AT&T and OneWeb plan satellite access in remote areas

September 09, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
AT&T and OneWeb plan satellite access in remote areas
High-speed broadband connectivity delivered via satellite to extend AT&T's network reach in hard-to-serve areas outside its fiber footprint.

AT&T has signed a strategic agreement with OneWeb to harness the capabilities of satellite technology to improve access for AT&T business customers into remote and challenging geographic locations. Complementing existing AT&T access technologies, OneWeb satellite access will enhance connectivity to enterprise, small and medium-sized business and government customers, as well as hard-to-reach cell towers.

The AT&T service will be supported by OneWeb’s network of satellites. OneWeb has launched 288 satellites and expects to attain global coverage with a total fleet of 648 satellites by the end of 2022. AT&T business and government customers in Alaska and northern US states will be covered later this year.

AT&T’s leading business fiber network enables high-speed connections to over 2.5 million U.S. business customer locations. Nationwide, more than nine million business customer locations are within 1,000 feet of AT&T fiber. However, there are still remote areas that existing networks can’t reach with the high-speed, low-latency broadband essential to business operations.

“Working with OneWeb, we’ll be able to enhance high-speed connectivity in places that we don’t serve today and meet our customers wherever they are,” said Scott Mair, President, Network Engineering and Operations, AT&T. “We’re expanding our network with one more option to help ensure that our business customers have the high-speed, low-latency connectivity they need to thrive as the nation recovers from COVID-19.”

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