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Hughes Network Systems, OneWeb Ink Deal

Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb have inked a capacity deal for its customers in two agreements – one with the United States, the other with India, according to a statement from Hughes. The U.S. distribution agreement  focuses on enterprise services, and the companies have reached a memorandum of understanding to distribute services in India to large enterprises, government, telcos and internet service providers in the rural and remote parts of the country, Hughes said.

Services will be offered in the United States by Hughes Network Systems and in India by Hughes Communications India Private. Hughes President Pradman Kaul said at a press event that the company’s joint venture with Bharti Airtel in India is expected to close later this year, according to a report published by Satellite Show Daily.

This action will combine Hughes Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites and network technologies with OneWeb’s satellites in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Satellite Show Daily said that the companies shared a demonstration on Sept. 9 of this multi-orbit connectivity. It showed Hughes ActiveTechnologies software transmitting different types of traffic, such as streaming and gaming, over the most efficient path, whether it be OneWeb or Jupiter HTS.

“The future of connectivity depends on a worldwide network of multiple transports, including terrestrial, geostationary and low-Earth orbit satellite services,” Kaul said in a prepared statement. “OneWeb’s system enhances the Hughes portfolio of networking capabilities, introducing a low-latency option with global reach that complements GEO satellite capacity density and capability to meet our customers’ needs.”