London and Tbilisi, 28 January 2020 – OneWeb, the global communications company, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband services coverage to Georgia with JSC Silknet, a leading Georgian convergent telecommunications operator.
The distribution partnership agreement was signed during the World Economic Forum in Davos (21-24 January) by the Chairman of Silknet’s supervisory board, George Ramishvili, and OneWeb’s CEO, Adrian Steckel.
The aim of the partnership between Silknet and OneWeb is to build digital ecosystems and create more opportunities for industry and businesses to thrive, continuing to bridge the “digital divide,” accelerating the Georgian economy and enhancing digital inclusion for its citizens.
OneWeb will enable Silknet to provide local telecom operators with ubiquitous, high-speed satellite “fiber-like” broadband services coverage in Georgia, including remote and inaccessible areas.
Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb, said: “In a world where businesses need continuous connectivity to the Cloud, but not everywhere has suitable geographies or can afford expensive fiber connectivity, OneWeb’s transformative communications network will make it possible to access high-speed Internet, anywhere on Earth. I am very pleased to take the first and important step to partner with Silknet. OneWeb will help to bridge the digital divide in Georgia and across the Caucasian region.”
George Ramishvili, Chairman of Silknet’s supervisory board, added: “Davos shows us what can be achieved when the world’s governments and business leaders connect with each other for a common purpose. As the country’s leading telecoms company, Silknet is committed to plugging modern, digital Georgia into the global network on behalf of our customers. We are delighted to be able to strengthen our efforts here through this collaboration with OneWeb.”
At the end of February 2019, OneWeb successfully launched its first batch of Low Earth Orbiting satellites. The next launch is scheduled for early February 2020 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This signals the beginning of regular launches of more than 30 satellites at a time to build OneWeb’s initial constellation of 650 satellites, enabling Internet access for everyone, everywhere.
OneWeb's vision is to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbiting satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service for businesses and governments around the world. OneWeb has business solutions for broadband, government and cellular backhaul. Its global communications network will offer game-changing Mobility solutions to industries that rely on global connectivity, such as aviation, maritime, automotive and more.
OneWeb is dedicated to responsible space practices on the basis that space is a shared natural resource which, if used responsibly, can help transform the way we live, work, and connect. Softbank and Airbus, Coca-Cola, Virgin, Bharti, the government of Rwanda, and Grupo Salinas are investment partners.
Find out more at http://www.oneweb.world
Silknet is the Georgia’s largest fixed network provider offering households and businesses the full range of telecommunication services, such as mobile services, fixed broadband, Pay TV and fixed telephony. Silknet is rated B1/Stable by Moody’s and B+/Stable by Fitch. Silknet is part of Silk Road Group, one of the Caucasus’s leading investment groups.
Find out more at: http://www.silknet.com/