Jun 27, 2021

BT and OneWeb sign rural broadband deal

ONEWEB. BT and satellite operator OneWeb have signed a deal to explore ways to provide broadband internet to remote areas of the UK and to people at sea. OneWeb, which is partly UK taxpayer-owned, has hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit. OneWeb competes against providers such as Elon Musk's Starlink, which was recently granted a license to operate. At the moment OneWeb has 218 satellites, and is due to launch a further 36 on Thursday, a spokesperson said. The plan for OneWeb to work more closely with BT comes as the UK government runs the £5bn Project Gigabit which aims to improve UK rural broadband coverage.

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