OneWeb™ Global Communications Network

OneWeb is a trademark of WorldVu Satellites Ltd.

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Connecting the unconnected.

Terrestrial networks (both fixed and mobile) deliver high-speed Internet access to billions of people worldwide. Yet, more than half the world still remains without connectivity to these networks that provide access to education, healthcare, retail, entertainment, and much more. OneWeb, Ltd. and Qualcomm Research are on a mission to change that—working together to build a global communications network that will extend high-performance Internet access to unserved and underserved areas around the world.

Qualcomm Research is a division of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The OneWeb Network

The OneWeb communications network is enabled through a next generation low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellation made up of hundreds of satellites, orbiting at approximately 1,200 kilometers and working in coordination to create the world's largest coverage footprint. Unlike existing Geosynchronous (GEO) satellite solutions, which orbit at approximately 36,000 kilometers, the OneWeb satellite constellation will be closer to the earth. This will deliver a superior, low-latency mobile broadband user experience. And because the OneWeb network will integrate with terrestrial networks to extend 3G, 4G LTE (including LTE Unlicensed), and Wi-Fi services, it will allow consumers to use a wide variety of mobile devices.

 

Qualcomm Research is designing many of the technology innovations necessary for the OneWeb network.

New Wireless Air Interface

Developing a new, high-performance air interface for end-to-end satellite communications, including system design and implementation of wireless coding, modulations, and protocols.

User Terminal Modem Reference

Designing a modem hardware and software reference design for the OneWeb User Terminals—the terrestrial access nodes that enable connectivity to the satellite network.

System Analysis & Optimizations

Performing end-to-end system analysis and optimizations (e.g. coverage capacity, latency) for communications between OneWeb consumers and the Internet.