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OneWeb welcomes Commercial Director for Russia: Mikhail Kaigorodov

(7 August 2019 - OneWeb) OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to connect everyone everywhere, is pleased to announce that Mikhail Kaigorodov was appointed Commercial Director for Russia effective July 16, 2019.

Mikhail is based in Moscow and will lead market development activities in Russia. Mr. Kaigorodov will be working with existing and potential OneWeb partners and customers to anticipate their needs and evaluate opportunities in Russia.

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Mikhail Kaigorodov, Commercial Director for Russia (courtesy: OneWeb)

Russia is an important market for OneWeb, with its vast territory and diverse landscape. It introduces a number of potential opportunities for high-throughput low latency satellite broadband services to be delivered to Russian customers via national telecommunication operators and internet providers.

Mikhail Kaigorodov joins OneWeb after previously serving as General Director of ISAT Global Express LLC. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Infrastructure Projects of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. Mr. Kaigorodov also worked at VimpelCom, MTS, Nokia, and Tele2 among other companies.

Upon joining OneWeb, Mikhail said: “I believe OneWeb’s services have the ability to make a positive impact in Russia and bring much needed connectivity throughout Russia. We welcome the Russian Government’s interest in the deployment of Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) constellations, including the recently announced project Sfera. We believe that our system could be a basis for long-term and mutually satisfactory cooperation with Russia which goes beyond currently launching satellites, investing in gateway infrastructure construction, as well as staffing local distribution centers via Russian service providers to Russian customers (ISPs, MNOs and other telcos).”

OneWeb first filed its application for Russian landing rights in July 2017, and since then new requirements for obtaining landing rights relating to national security have been introduced. To ensure compliance with these new requirements and with the approval of the Russian state authorities, OneWeb LLC, Russia (ООО УанВеб) withdrew its application so it can be supplemented with new information, revised, and submitted once again.

OneWeb is committed to respecting the laws in all countries in which it operates and will work with the authorized state agencies to ensure compliance.

OneWeb continues to make tremendous progress in bringing its system forward – with the launch of its first satellites, connectivity tests exceeding performance expectations, ground infrastructure in place and more, OneWeb is on its way to becoming the first truly global communications network from space.

Innovative NGSO constellations (often referred to as mega-constellations) require truly global scale to bring their full benefit — and the OneWeb system has the ability to scale.

In addition to the progress made to build the system, OneWeb and similar constellations must perform international coordination with other satellite systems under the ITU Radio Regulations which requires reciprocity to achieve mutual coexistence. OneWeb is progressing well in this process relying upon its high global priority position in Ku-band (used for the OneWeb User Terminals) to coordinate with other NGSO systems, and upon emission power-flux density (EPFD) limits in Ka-band (for the SNPs) to coordinate with the GSO operators.

OneWeb is on track to begin customer trials next year and to delivering global service as soon as 2021.