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    ATT will tap into OneWeb's satellite network to reach remote areas

    OneWeb has secured a key customer for its emerging low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband platform, announcing Wednesday that AT&T will use it to provide satellite-based connectivity to business customers in remote parts of the US.

    Financial terms were not announced, but AT&T intends to tap into OneWeb's satellite-based platform to extend its reach in hard-to-serve areas that fall outside of AT&T's fiber footprint, or are beyond the reach of AT&T's network of cell towers. OneWeb's satellite-based platform will effectively "complement" AT&T's existing access technologies, the companies said.

    AT&T notes that more than 9 million business customer locations are within 1,000 feet of its fiber network, but that there are remote areas that remain out of reach. By riding OneWeb's LEO-based broadband satellite constellation, AT&T reckons it will be able to deliver high-speed, low-latency services to small, medium and enterprise-sized business customers in those locations.

    "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," Scott Mair, president, network engineering and operations at AT&T, said in a statement.

    "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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    Anybody thinking this might be tied in with the recent iPhone 13 rumors that it will support n53 for LEO communications? Perhaps AT&T is a launch partner for this satellite backup/emergency capability?


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    Wonder if I'll be able to hop on this with my small business plan (Business Unlimited Elite). Interesting and potentially exciting stuff!

    Edit: Read through the article again, looks like this is just like a fixed wireless (LEO) internet option for business customers. Doesn't appear that it's really intended for wireless customers to hop on in rural, no coverage areas. Bummer. Maybe someday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blkballoon925 View Post
    Anybody thinking this might be tied in with the recent iPhone 13 rumors that it will support n53 for LEO communications? Perhaps AT&T is a launch partner for this satellite backup/emergency capability?
    my first thought as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWX View Post
    Wonder if I'll be able to hop on this with my small business plan (Business Unlimited Elite). Interesting and potentially exciting stuff!

    Edit: Read through the article again, looks like this is just like a fixed wireless (LEO) internet option for business customers. Doesn't appear that it's really intended for wireless customers to hop on in rural, no coverage areas. Bummer. Maybe someday!
    Someday is today with Starlink. Starlink is up and operational with service for individuals and selling fixed wireless terminals as fast as they can make them. Starlink is proceeding to mobile service for vehicles, ships, boats, and planes. OneWeb may serve a share of this market, but they appear to be oriented toward enterprise customers.

    Note: OneWeb is also fixed wireless using a smallish satellite dish. Neither are for mobile phone handsets.

    Other LEO satellite broadband systems are planned - Amazon Blue Origin, a Chinese system and a Russian system.

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    I think they're more likely to use it as backhaul in areas that aren't easily accessible by fiber as an alternative to microwave.

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