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GSMA 360 Mobile - Eurasia conference: Nicolas Zibell, OneWeb Chief Commercial Officer
Moscow, October 2019 – OneWeb, the global communications company whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, took part this month in the GSMA Mobile 360 – Eurasia conference.
The event, held in Moscow for the second consecutive year, brings together the leaders of mobile carrier companies, representatives of government and regulatory authorities to discuss the impact of mobile technology on the digital economy in Russia. This year, the conference is dedicated to the topic “Implementation of 5G and other promising technologies to increase the growth rate of the digital economy” and the upcoming commercial launch of fifth–generation networks.
OneWeb Chief Commercial Director Nicolas Zibell said: “We are delighted to participate in an event that brings together so many important leaders across the industry together, to discuss prospects for the development of new technologies in the CIS region. Russia is one of the key markets for OneWeb, primarily because it has a significant number of remote regions where high-speed broadband is not technically available. In the era of high technology, access to communication services today is a critical need and fundamental human right. Our satellite constellation will be able to connect these regions.”
Conference attendees are taking part in two days of discussion on prospects for introducing advanced technologies in the region and how joint efforts in this industry can benefit society. The spotlight for many will be on OneWeb services exclusively aimed at telecom operators looking to expand and supplement existing data routes and cellular networks. OneWeb's solutions provide connectivity to consumer segments in regions that so far have lacked the broadband access infrastructure required to meet today's requirements.
“The digital transformation of the economy is one of the main priorities for the development of Russia in the coming years. To implement the ideas embodied in this fundamental national project, access to the Internet is a critical factor”, says Mikhail Kaigorodov, OneWeb’s Commercial Director for Russia. “OneWeb will be able to provide widespread coverage of Russia, thereby complementing the existing and planned infrastructure of backbone communication networks in remote and inaccessible areas where the construction of fiber optic networks is technically impossible or economically impractical."
According to Mikhail, OneWeb's connectivity will be able to make a significant contribution to the implementation of Russia's national digitalization program and the provision of digital government, health and education services to help close the digital divide.
In February 2019, OneWeb successfully launched into Low Earth Orbit the first 6 of more than 600 satellites in its network. These satellites are connected, fully operational and exceeding performance expectations. Later this year, more than 30 satellites will be launched every month, to provide partial broadband internet access by the end of 2020 to the Arctic region, and by 2021 – round-the-clock global coverage.