Exploring the Use-Cases of mu Space's and OneWeb's Exclusive Satellite Internet Connectivity Deal
mu Space, a satellite manufacturer in Southeast Asia, and OneWeb have signed an exclusive multi-million dollar deal. The two companies are set to collaborate on the launch of a new generation of satellites, which will provide enhanced internet services to remote areas in Mainland Southeast Asia. mu Space, a pioneer of the space industry in its region, and OneWeb, a global communications network powered by a constellation of 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, aim to provide underserved areas with satellite internet using advanced technologies.
Behind the Deal
The satellites will have different generations, each designed to serve different purposes. mu Space will be the exclusive distributor of internet services for OneWeb in remote locations in Mainland Southeast Asia. This means that the two companies will be able to offer enhanced connectivity services to millions of people who are currently underserved. The deal could see an estimated revenue of $100 Million, or 3 Billion Baht, in the first six years of serving the Mainland Southeast Asia region, after the six years, mu Space has the right to extend the deal. OneWeb will have 648 satellites launched to space by the second quarter of this year, with trends further showing future next-generation satellite launches will only increase in the future, ultimately this deal could be worth three times, around 10 billion baht, the amount of the first 6 years.
First Generation of Satellites
The first generation of OneWeb satellites will focus on providing connectivity to remote locations, including underserved areas. The collaboration with mu Space will help to extend the reach of OneWeb’s services to Mainland Southeast Asia. The use cases for this technology are numerous, ranging from enabling better disaster response to providing remote healthcare and education services. Bridging the digital divide: LEO Satellites can provide internet connectivity to areas where traditional infrastructure is not feasible, such as remote islands or mountainous regions. By bringing internet access to underserved areas, LEO satellites can help bridge the digital divide and give people access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.
Satellite Use Cases
Disaster response: LEO satellites can provide critical communication links during natural disasters or other emergencies. They can quickly establish a communication network when traditional infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, enabling first responders to coordinate their efforts and deliver aid to affected areas.
IoT (Internet of Things): Used to connect devices in remote areas that are not currently connected to the internet. This can enable farmers, for example, to use sensors to monitor crop health, water usage, and weather patterns, leading to more efficient use of resources and higher yields.
Military and government applications: OneWeb satellites can be used for defense and military applications such as surveillance, reconnaissance, and satellite communications services. They can provide real-time situational awareness, support unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and enable secure communications in areas where traditional infrastructure is not available.
Maritime connectivity: This deal can provide connectivity to ships at sea, enabling crew members to access the internet and communicate with their families and colleagues on shore. This can improve safety, efficiency, and quality of life for seafarers.
Telemedicine: LEO satellites can enable remote medical consultations and telemedicine services in underserved areas. This can be especially important in areas where there is a shortage of medical professionals, allowing patients to receive timely and high-quality care.
Education and entertainment: Can provide access to educational resources and entertainment content in areas where traditional infrastructure is not available. This can help to improve literacy rates, broaden horizons, and provide a source of entertainment for people living in remote areas.
This deal between mu Space and OneWeb combines technology with practicality to provide connectivity solutions to underserved people in Southeast Asia. The use-cases listed above are just some of the applications of the satellite. Both companies are looking forward to launching future generations of satellites for higher utility coverage and higher speed.