Satellite operator OneWeb has announced the successful installation of 15 OneWeb antennas and related equipment at a satellite network portal (SNP) in Accra, Ghana.
The new infrastructure development is OneWeb’s first satellite network portal (SNP) in West Africa.
According to the operator, the new development was built and installed in partnership with TinSky Connect – Africa’s leading communications solution provider – and will be operational by the end of 2022.
Alan Geldenhuys, Executive Director of TinSky Connect Group, said, “the site is currently being assessed and will be operational later in 2022. At TinSky, we understood the complexity of the multiple satellite ‘hands offs’ and what each gateway had to achieve per second. In response, we deployed a highly experienced team of field engineers that provided advanced system engineering and technical services addressing OneWeb’s mission-critical SNP gateway needs at low risk and within budget.”
He further stated that the partnership came in a complex market with intense competition in the satellite telecommunication sector in Africa, where demand for connectivity is high, more so in rural areas.
The satellite operator wants to deploy a mega-constellation of at least 650 mini-satellites in low earth orbit to meet the growing demand for internet connection and outplay the competition.
However, the coronavirus pandemic slowed its initial plan, which delayed several funding promises.
The project was later salvaged from bankruptcy by Bharti Airtel and the UK government in July 2020.
In May 2021, OneWeb announced that it had crossed the 200-satellite mark in space.
Ghana’s satellite network portal (SNP) is OneWeb’s second SNP gateway in Africa; the company’s first SNP is in South Africa, and more are being built in Senegal and Mauritius.
Upon completion, the SNP will enable the satellite operator to extend its African coverage with high-speed Internet and accelerate digital transformation across the continent.