AT&T signed a strategic agreement with OneWeb, a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company. This partnership will see the carrier harness OneWeb’s satellite technology to extend network reach and improve access for AT&T business customers in far-flung and hard-to-reach portions of the U.S..
The connectivity is expected to compliment existing AT&T access and fiber technology. AT&T’s service will specifically be supported by OneWeb’s network of 288 satellites, with plans to reach 648 worldwide by the end of 2022.
“Working with OneWeb, we’ll be able to enhance high-speed connectivity in places that we don’t serve today and meet our customers wherever they are,” said Scott Mair, AT&T’s President of Network Engineering and Operations. “We’re expanding our network with one more option to help ensure that our business customers have the high-speed, low-latency connectivity they need to thrive as the nation recovers from COVID-19.”
AT&T’s business fiber network promotes high-speed connections for more than 2.5 million U.S. business customer locations.