OneWeb has acquired managed satcoms provider TrustComm and plans to set up a new government-focused subsidiary.
Founded in 1999 and based in Houston, Texas, TrustComm provides managed satellite communications and services to commercial organizations and governments including broadband Internet access, VoIP and voice, and video conferencing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expected to close later this year.
“OneWeb’s acquisition of TrustComm underpins our strategy to rapidly scale satellite communications service to the US Department of Defense and other government agencies as they look to integrate high throughput, low latency solutions to meet new connectivity demands,” said OneWeb’s head of government services, Dylan Browne.
“We are excited to have TrustComm join our team and leverage their strong reputation providing the remote communications our customers want, particularly in Alaska and the Arctic.”
OneWeb’s new government subsidiary will be led by TrustComm CEO Bob Roe.
“The TrustComm team is thrilled to be joining OneWeb at the dawn of this new era of satcom services. TrustComm’s heritage and customer-focused support teams will enable us to expand the portfolio of services we offer and allow us to pursue new opportunities. This is an exciting development and we look forward to taking our government business to new heights in the coming year,” said Roe.
OneWeb, which plans to launch almost 650 satellites into Low Earth Orbit to provide broadband Internet capabilities, has already demonstrated data rates of up to 500 megabits per second to the DoD. Last week secured the US Airforce as a customer for a pilot project in the Arctic.
Last month Eutelsat invested $550 million into OneWeb, giving it a 24 percent stake in the company.