OneWeb has announced a distribution partnership in Canada with Rock Networks.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Rock Networks is a telecommunications hardware systems integrator and service provider of wireless and broadband solutions to rural communities, commercial enterprises, government departments, agencies, and defense forces.
The deal will see OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites provide communications for Canada’s Arctic Region for Canadian Armed Forces and other Government of Canada Departments and Agencies through Rock hardware and services. Low latency satellite broadband communications will be available for those operating across Canada and the high arctic.
“OneWeb’s polar satellite services will provide vital connectivity for Canada’s national defense and security plus a secure bridge home for defense and diplomatic missions abroad,” said Dylan Browne, Head of Government Services at OneWeb. “OneWeb and Rock Networks will participate in a number of forthcoming defense events and exercises to showcase airborne and maritime surveillance, resupply, support patrols, and security exercises.”
OneWeb has seemingly doubled down on serving Government and Military customers in recent months, with a focus on serving the Arctic. Earlier this month the company acquired managed satcoms provider TrustComm and announced plans to set up a new government-focused subsidiary. OneWeb investor Hughes Network Systems and the company also recently announced the US Air Force as a customer for a connectivity pilot project in the Arctic.
“Low latency connectivity is the future and it is a valuable addition to our broader communications portfolio,” said Joe Hickey, CEO & President of Rock Networks. “It will enable a range of critical applications to support our customers, and we are thrilled to be partnering with OneWeb and look forward to starting demonstrations this year.”