OneWeb signs MoU with Kazakhstan Government to digitise its economy

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 12, 2021

OneWeb, the Bharti group-backed global communications network powered from Space, on Monday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with subsidiaries of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, national satellite operator Republican Centre of Space Communications JSC, National Company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary and Ghalam LLP, a spacecraft component supplier.

The MoU aims to develop OneWeb’s partnership with the Government of Kazakhstan, which began in 2020, to support Kazakhstan’s ambition to digitise its economy and become a pioneer of the latest satellite communications technologies, OneWeb said in a statement.

The MoU encompasses several areas of cooperation, including use of OneWeb’s low latency, high throughput satellite connectivity platform to provide broadband to remote and hard-to-reach rural communities, building a ground station to provide connectivity to Central Asian countries and localisation of the supply chain for OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit satellites.

OneWeb’s Executive Chairman and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal and OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson are in Kazakhstan to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first orbit of the Earth and celebrate the occasion with a special OneWeb Launch mission patch.

“Today, we can honour his (Gagarin) legacy with a constellation of OneWeb satellites orbiting the Earth to bring connectivity to all locations where it’s needed. The Government of Kazakhstan continues to see the importance of bridging the digital divide and enabling the digitisation of its economy using innovative and modern satellite technology. OneWeb has pledged to work together to bring about these opportunities for the country," Mittal, said.

Demonstrations of OneWeb’s connectivity services are planned for June in the country to showcase how OneWeb’s constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and user terminals provide high speed, low latency and seamless broadband connectivity.

OneWeb has also now received its Certificate of Incorporation for OneWeb Kazakhstan Ltd registered in Astana International Financial Centre. This subsidiary company will facilitate the establishment of a Low Earth Orbit Centre of Excellence in the country and enable OneWeb’s service delivery across the whole of Central Asia.

Published on April 12, 2021

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