Ovzon’s ultimate goal: global coverage with its own fleet of satellites

Swedish broadband service provider Ovzon anticipates strong demand for the type of high-capacity mobile satellite communications it demonstrated recently for a U.S. government customer.

In heavy rain, Ovzon transferred data to and from a Blackhawk helicopter through a steerable satellite beam at speeds of 17 megabits per second, a daunting feat given the obstruction caused by the precipitation and spinning rotors.

With that data speed, “a helicopter all of a sudden can be used as a management platform or command platform for civil or military government operations” because it can send and receive high-definition video, and simultaneous videoconferences, Ovzon CEO Magnus René said in an interview.

To date, Ovzon has offered global communications coverage by leasing capacity from fleet operators including Intelsat and Hispasat. Ovzon is preparing to launch its first custom-built satellite in 2021 to offer coverage over one-third of the Earth’s surface. The company’s ultimate goal is to

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