The satellite company OneWeb has announced a partnership with ROCK Networks, an end-to-end communications systems firm that has a particular focus on wireless and broadband solutions. As a result of the deal, the communications utilised by the Canadian Armed Forces in the Arctic region will become more reliable.
OneWeb is occasionally featured in This Week in Rocket Launches because it operates a satellite constellation that can beam the internet back down to Earth. It formed a partnership with SatixFy a few months ago to deliver Wi-Fi to planes and now its technology will help ROCK Networks deliver more reliable connectivity to its customers including the Canadian government.
Discussing the agreement, Dylan Browne, Head of Government Services at OneWeb, said:
“OneWeb’s polar satellite services will provide vital connectivity for Canada’s national defence and security plus a secure bridge home for defence and diplomatic missions abroad. OneWeb and ROCK Networks will participate in a number of forthcoming defence events and exercises to showcase airborne and maritime surveillance, resupply, support patrols and security exercises.”
With the agreement in place, OneWeb will start providing service across all of Canada’s provinces and territories from November. While it waits, ROCK Networks will be training staff and onboarding customer support tools to connect to OneWeb’s Points of Presence (PoPs) in Calgary and Toronto.