Telespazio, a joint venture of Italian companies Leonardo and Thales, announced a new partnership between its subsidiary Telespazio Brasil and British low Earth orbit satellite communications company OneWeb.
Telespazio will supply OneWeb with infrastructure and services for a new satellite gateway at the teleport in Maricà, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. A satellite gateway is a ground station that transmits and receives data from satellites.
The cornerstone-laying ceremony was held on February 14, 2022. Attending the ceremony were Nicola Miccione, Secretario de Estado da Casa Civil do Rio de Janeiro; Francesco Azzarello, Ambassador of Italy in Brazil; Paolo Miraglia, Consul General of Italy in Rio de Janeiro, and Anjoum Noorani, Consul General of the United Kingdom. Marzio Laurenti, CEO of Telespazio Brasil, Francesco Moliterni, VP Latin America of Leonardo, and Christopher Casarrubias, Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs of OneWeb, also took part in the ceremony.
Maricá is investing in first-order infrastructure to become a new hub of the Oil & Gas industry, thanks to its strategic position, with the goal of supporting the resumption of growth of Bacia de Santos, Brazil’s most important area for oil and gas exploration.
The Maricà gateway is another example of OneWeb’s commitment and long-term investment in Brazil. The British company is building a constellation of 648 satellites that will supply high-speed internet and low-latency, high-security communications for government institutions, defense, and the Oil&Gas, navigation, and aviation industries, as well as mobile telephone companies. OneWeb has already launched two-thirds of its constellation, with 428 satellites now in orbit and the remaining launches to be completed this year.
The gateway in the Maricà teleport will be one of the most advanced in Latin America. Its construction is the result of a partnership between Telespazio and OneWeb that began in 2019 with the construction of a gateway at the Space Centre in Scanzano, in Sicily.
“We are very happy that One Web chose Telespazio again”, said Marzio Laurenti, CEO of Telespazio Brasil. “Telespazio is reinforcing its role as an international satellite services operator offering ground segment solutions for large-scale low-orbit satellite constellations.”
Anjoum Noorani, the British Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro, commented “I am delighted to celebrate the investment of the British company OneWeb and the partnership with Telespazio in Maricá.”
“The capacity of OneWeb’s satellites will allow everyone – from the most remote city to the farthest farm – to have access to the internet with connectivity equivalent to fiber optics. This includes Brazilian citizens, the economy, and different levels of government in the digital transformation that is changing the world.”