A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Philippines-based NOW Corporation and the low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb to offer high-speed, low-latency broadband access to the country. NOW Corporation has investments in telecoms, media and technology.
According to the partners, the arrangement combines OneWeb's cutting-edge satellite technology with NOW Corp.'s current internet service and strong local presence, particularly in the enterprise market.
According to OneWeb, NOW will be able to deliver a wide range of expanded internet services to sectors like government, aviation, maritime, military, energy, healthcare and finance through its LEO satellites' seamless connectivity.
NOW says it will collaborate closely with OneWeb to provide reliability and high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity, as well as committed information rates.
OneWeb claims that it is on track to finish the rollout of worldwide coverage this year with the completion of the LEO satellite constellation. By utilizing the strength of this international network, NOW anticipates expanding its services into remote locations and improving the speed, latency and resilience of its current offerings.
Given that the Philippines is an archipelago made up of thousands of islands, it is not surprising that initiatives involving LEO satellite connectivity for hard-to-reach areas in this country have been in the limelight. In the past 18 months, companies like Telesat, SpaceX and Omnispace have made headlines.