BT and OneWeb sign deal for UK Rural Internet Push

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BT Group Plc and satellite start-up OneWeb have agreed to collaborate and take digital communication services to rural parts of Britain. The companies have singed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to push broadband in rural areas using OneWeb’s connectivity services from low earth orbit, according to press statement. This comes in line with the country’s priority in recovering the economy post pandemic. 

Both companies will consider opportunities to develop new services for BT’s global customers and focus on satellite technology to support improved capacity, mobile residence and fixed wireless access in rural locations. 

OneWeb’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Masterson, said: “This partnership is a huge sign of progress in the resilience and advancement of the overall telecom infrastructure in the UK. OneWeb’s network will be a vital means for bridging the last digital divides across the network and we are excited to be part of the solution with BT to expand the nation’s digital infrastructure.”

Philip Jansen, Chief Executive, BT, said that greater partnership is needed, both with Government and within industry, to ensure connectivity can reach every last corner of the country.

OneWeb, had earlier this week announced to launch 36 satellites on 1 July to deliver connectivity across UK, Alaska, Canada and Arctic Region.