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The next eighteen months are critical ones for the first attempt since Iridium to loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites that promise to transform global communications. OneWeb is leader of the pack of LEO constellations seeking to deliver low-priced, low-latency connectivity everywhere and its success could have major market impacts for GEO satellite operators and teleport operators. Already, LEO operators are in serious deal-making mode with operators of ground segment to provide the gateways they need to manage and provide access to their constellations.

Jay Loom is Vice President, Ground Systems & Operations for OneWeb. In this role, he is responsible for the Development and Global Implementation OneWeb's Communications Ground Network. Portfolio includes design, build-out and operation of over 40 globally distributed, multi-access point autonomous gateways, development of our leading edge user terminal connection processing and management systems, development and operation of two internationally located Ground Network Operations Centers, plus related Operations Support Systems.

Questions & Answers
1.

LEO operators – in particular OneWeb – are working with teleport operators to place gateways around the world. What are you seeking in a gateway in terms of technical infrastructure and operational requirements?


2. Teleport operators have built their industry by buying bandwidth by the megahertz and bundling it into a broad range of value-added services on the ground. What is their role in a LEO constellation?

3.

How can a teleport operator with an extensive ground-based service, technical and customer support capability add value to your network?


4.

A successful LEO constellation will put more bandwidth in the sky than all of the existing GEO and MEO satellites combined. What impact do you expect this to have on the existing ecosystem of GEO/MEO satellite operators and their teleport partners on the ground?


5.

The growth in HTS capacity and video streaming have already put downward pressure on satellite capacity pricing and expanding markets. What new capabilities and market niches will arise as global LEO connectivity becomes a reality?


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