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Kymeta teams up with OneWeb to test mobile satellite broadband service

7 Sep 2021, 13:00 UTC
Kymeta teams up with OneWeb to test mobile satellite broadband service
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Kymeta and OneWeb test a u8-based data terminal with OneWeb’s constellation of satellites. (Kymeta Photo)
Redmond, Wash.-based Kymeta Corp., the mobile connectivity company backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has joined forces with OneWeb to test satellite broadband services that make use of Kymeta’s u8 flat-panel antenna system.
“I’m very happy to report back that the tests were fantastic,” Neville Meijers, Kymeta’s chief strategy and marketing officer, told GeekWire. “Both sets of management were extremely pleased with the performance of the antenna.”
Meijers said that the tests of satellite acquisition, tracking and throughput — conducted in July in Toulouse, France — should bode well for providing always-there mobile connectivity for first responders as well as for government, military and enterprise customers.
That market is the sweet spot for Kymeta as well as for OneWeb, a satellite constellation venture that’s partly owned by the British government. One of OneWeb’s key partners is Airbus, which is headquartered in the Toulouse region.
Today’s report on the Kymeta-OneWeb team-up was timed to coincide with this week’s Satellite 2021 conference.
Kymeta is one of several Gates-backed ventures based on metamaterials — exotic arrays of electronics that make it possible to “steer” a stationary flat-panel antenna ...

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