Assuming the launch of OneWeb today is a success, it will mark the first step in the company's plan to build an extensive network of satellites that will be suspended in low Earth orbit and routed over the broadband Internet. to underserved areas. The company plans to install 650 satellites by 2020, and expand the number to 900 as it expands coverage. The network will be built in 21 launches to deploy the satellites.
OneWeb is only one of the many companies that plan to provide the Internet with a satellite network. SpaceX has a similar plan that will use a cluster of more than 12,000 Starlink satellites. The company has just received permission from the FCC to deploy its network. OneWeb has also been approved by the FCC, but the effort has often been more complicated than originally expected outside of the United States. OneWeb had problems with Russian regulators who did not want to let a US company operate in its region.