Airbus, OneWeb aim for new satellite era with first launch

Eric M. Johnson, Tim Hepher

SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) - A rocket carrying six satellites built by Airbus SE and partner OneWeb blasted off from French Guiana on Wednesday, the first step in a plan to give millions of people in remote and rural areas high-speed internet beamed down from space.

OneWeb launches first batch of internet satellites

By Jackie Wattles, CNN Business
Updated 0045 GMT (0845 HKT) February 28, 2019

OneWeb wants to build a constellation of hundreds of satellites that can deliver quick internet to consumers.

Analysts say OneWeb will be worth big bucks if it brings cheaper, faster broadband to new areas.
But the company has competition and a long road ahead.
Billions of people around the world still lack high-speed internet access, particularly in areas that
are difficult to reach with fiber optic cables or other wireless infrastructure