Speedcast and Eutelsat OneWeb inaugurate teleport facility in Colombia

Speedcast and Eutelsat OneWeb inaugurate teleport facility in Colombia

Communications and IT services provider Speedcast says it recently hosted an inaugural event to celebrate the new purpose-built teleport facility in Cali, Colombia that now serves as the ground infrastructure gateway in Latin America for Eutelsat OneWeb.

Speedcast secured a long-term agreement with Eutelsat OneWeb to develop and operate the facility, located in Zonamerica, a free-trade zone in Colombia, to support services for the company’s low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation.

The agreement between Eutelsat OneWeb and Speedcast’s local entity, Speedcast Free Zone Colombia SAS, began in January 2022. Final antenna installations were completed in late 2023, with the site fully operational in December.

The facility includes 15 antennae critical to supporting OneWeb LEO services for customers. The facility also holds a Tier 4 data centre classification. The unique location provides unrestricted line of sight for tracking spacecraft across the sky, as well as redundant power and connection with the main telecom companies of the region.

As Juan Pablo Cofino, Regional Vice President, Americas, Eutelsat OneWeb, explains: “This site is enabling our LEO constellation to deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity services to Andean and Central American countries, and we are thrilled to see our services starting in this region. Speedcast brings a wealth of experience in ground infrastructure operation in addition to being a trusted provider of our LEO services.”

Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO connectivity service enables delivery of a high-speed, low-latency, globally consistent experience for customers – even in the most remote locations. In addition to their ground infrastructure partnership, Speedcast is also a leading Eutelsat OneWeb Distribution Partner, having added the LEO service to its global connectivity portfolio for customers in 2023.

Speedcast adds that it has long-standing expertise in delivering ground infrastructure services across the satellite network operator space.


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