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PACIFIC DATAPORT SIGNS STRATEGIC DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH ONEWEB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 4, 2021

Anchorage, AK and London, UK: With a goal of putting the Last Frontier first for broadband access, Alaska-owned Pacific Dataport signed a distribution partner agreement with OneWeb to partner on distributing connectivity services in the 49th State. 

 

OneWeb is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company and Pacific Dataport will serve as a OneWeb middle mile provider that offers capacity to telecoms, schools, health clinics, and Tribal organizations. Pacific Dataport was created by Microcom, a leading supplier of satellite communication systems across Alaska. Pacific Dataport, connected by the OneWeb constellation, will be a wholesale provider while Microcom will be a consumer provider of LEO services in Alaska. 

 

The OneWeb partnership with Pacific Dataport and Microcom will enable delivery of OneWeb’s high speed, low latency communications services across Alaska. It marks a key step in OneWeb’s preparation to commence commercial service in Alaska later this year and its commitment to bring high speed internet to the Arctic region. Together, OneWeb, Pacific Dataport and Microcom share a vision to see high-speed, low-latency, enterprise-grade connectivity services delivered across Alaska and the expansion of this partnership is another step forward in bringing that vision to reality. This agreement is about high-speed service and competitive pricing in areas that have always struggled with Internet connectivity. 

 

After its successful launch last week, OneWeb now has 218 satellites and regular launches are planned throughout 2021. With just one more launch, OneWeb will have the satellites required to start connectivity for Alaska by the end of the year with customer demonstrations starting this summer and commercial service planned in winter 2021 through Microcom. 

 

Pacific Dataport’s CEO, Chuck Schumann, said “Pacific Dataport’s distribution agreement with OneWeb ensures that everyone in Alaska will enjoy OneWeb LEO services as early as the end of 2021. This will build on the longstanding relationship between the two companies. It will also support Pacific Dataport customers who would like to utilize hybrid middle mile technology using both OneWeb LEO and Aurora GEO HTS satellite. Hybrid satellite middle mile allows a broadband provider to expand their network capacity or reach into new communities more affordably.” 

 

OneWeb CEO, Neil Masterson, is ready to go in Alaska. “OneWeb has been committed to connecting Alaska from the very beginning, and importantly, to do so by partnering with Alaskans to see this dream become a reality. Pacific Dataport and Microcom have been champions of our vision and our work together continues today as we prepare our high-speed, low latency services to light up by the end of the year. With our Talkeetna ground station standing ready, OneWeb is proud to put the Last Frontier first. We look forward to bringing transformative connectivity to schools, small businesses, and many more.”

 

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About Pacific Dataport Inc. - Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI) is a satellite middle mile communications company headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. PDI was founded “by Alaskans, for Alaskans” to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere in Alaska. The future of rural Alaska depends on access to reliable internet service and Pacific Dataport is working with Microcom and OneWeb to make it happen. www.pacificdataport.com and www.microcom.tv 

 

About OneWeb - OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service, connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere. www.oneweb.world 

 

Contact: Pacific Dataport, Inc. 

Alexander Schumann 

aschumann@pacificdataport.com 

M 907 229 9993 

 

Contact: OneWeb 

Katie Dowd 

kdowd@oneweb.net 

M 202 415 4030

Past Press Releases

Pacific Dataport Signs Teaming Agreement with Teya Development for US Government Broadband Sales

December 28, 2020


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Pacific Dataport, Inc. is pleased to announce it has signed a teaming agreement with Teya Development Company, LLC, a wholly owned, 8A subsidiary under the Salamatof Native Association, Inc. to secure contracts within the United States Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other Government Agencies for the purchase of High Throughput Satellite (“HTS”) broadband capacity and related services on the Aurora GEO HTS satellite network and the OneWeb low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite network. Both networks are expected to commence commercial service in 2021.
 
Chuck Schumann, Pacific Dataport CEO, said “Our agreement with Teya Development puts Alaska on the map as an expert provider offering high quality satellite communication services to the federal government. It has always been the goal of Pacific Dataport to partner and work closely with an Alaska Native organization. Leadership at Teya Development has stepped up and will play a critical role in bringing new broadband infrastructure to rural Alaskans."
Ron Perry, President and CEO for Teya Development, comments “Together with Pacific Dataport, the Teya Group of companies, along with our parent company Salamatof Native Association, Inc., is pleased to have found a partner and collaborator which will provide advancement in technology and related services to villages and remote Alaska communities.”
 
The Aurora Network, consisting of two new GEO HTS/VHTS satellites, will be optimally positioned for Alaska and reach hundreds of miles into the Arctic. It will increase Alaska’s middle and last mile broadband capacity by approximately 80 Gbps. OneWeb, will offer LEO satellite service worldwide, with Alaska coming online in 2021. OneWeb’s LEO constellation will consist of at least 648 satellites and offer very low latency and fiber-like broadband service.

Pacific Dataport / Teya Development Image


Pacific Dataport Press Contact:
Shawn Williams
swilliams@pacificdataport.com
907-264-0048
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About TEYA (www.teyatech.com)
Teya Development Company, LLC is the holding company for the Salamatof Native Association, Inc. providing a broad spectrum of high quality professional services to government and commercial clients. Teya Companies provides services and expertise in construction, administrative services, logistics support services, operations and maintenance, computer/electronic product manufacturing, energy studies, master planning, conference and event planning, IT technical support services and custom application development.
About PACIFIC DATAPORT (www.pacificdataport.com)
About Pacific Dataport: Pacific Dataport is focused on providing affordable middle mile and last mile broadband using the newest satellite technology (GEO HTS & LEO). Pacific Dataport clients include telecoms (wired & wireless), health clinics, schools, libraries, governments (Tribal, local, state & federal) and Alaska Native Corporations, Villages and Tribes.

PACIFIC DATAPORT PREPS FOR ONEWEB BETA TESTING IN ALASKA

December 23, 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - OneWeb has restarted ground station activities at Microcom’s Talkeetna Alaska Teleport. This marks the beginning of many critical steps necessary to initiate beta testing of the OneWeb system. Although this constellation will provide worldwide broadband service, terminal beta testing and beta testing with customers throughout the state will soon follow.


Shawn Fitzpatrick, Pacific Dataport's Ground Systems Manager, comments: "We at Pacific Dataport are excited about the recent restart of the OneWeb project at the Talkeetna Alaska Teleport and what this means for the future of satellite broadband for Alaska. OneWeb's LEO constellation in conjunction with Pacific Dataport's Aurora GEO HTS network will certainly create opportunities for affordable broadband expansion and help bridge the digital divide for unserved and underserved Alaskans."


Talkeetna Alaska Teleport, located in Talkeetna, Alaska, is an international provider of satellite and fiber-based communications, supplying connectivity for the Pacific Ocean Region and neighboring landmasses. Strategically located in interior Alaska, it creates a unique ability to utilize Alaska's Arctic climate and northern latitude, while simultaneously providing low-cost space and power for critical gateway and data center infrastructure.


Talkeetna's Arctic environment provides the opportunity for reduced cooling requirements for many months of the year. The facility is positioned at 62.333 degrees N latitude enabling connection to polar-orbiting satellites for longer durations than lower latitudes while maintaining significant reductions in utilities and infrastructure expenses compared to higher latitude locations. Microcom's knowledge of satellite communications allows them to leverage their location and critical infrastructure to offer an unmatched facility in the Arctic for antenna hosting, co-location, construction, pad space, engineering, and maintenance and technical support.


Pacific Dataport and OneWeb are working together to deliver broadband to 100% of Alaska communities starting in 2021. Pacific Dataport's founder, Microcom, has invested millions and built the Talkeetna Alaska Teleport for OneWeb's regional connection to the Internet. Pacific Dataport customers include telecoms (wired & wireless), non-profits, hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, governments and Alaska Native Corporations, Villages and Tribes. Microcom's customers are individuals and small businesses throughout the state.

PACIFIC DATAPORT CELEBRATES ONEWEB LAUNCH #4 SUCCESS!

December 18, 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Pacific Dataport is celebrating the fourth successful launch for low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation OneWeb. This launch delivers 36 more satellites to the spacecraft already on orbit, totaling 110. The plan is to deliver 36 satellites on a monthly basis until completion of the constellation at 648 satellites. Alaska only needs 3 more successful launches to get the required 200 satellites in orbit, enough to provide continuous coverage above 52 degrees latitude north and 24/7 service.


As the pandemic has proven, broadband connectivity in rural Alaska is inadequate. Approximately, 40% of all Alaskans are underserved (slow and expensive internet) or unserved (no internet, no broadband). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2020 Broadband Deployment Report puts that number at 34.1% for all Alaska Native villages. OneWeb and Pacific Dataport are helping bring affordable, high-quality broadband to rural Alaska as quickly as possible.


Chuck Schumann, Pacific Dataport's CEO, comments: "We are excited to see OneWeb achieve such a major success as they bring the world low-latency, fiber-like broadband. We're also immensely proud that Alaska will be OneWeb's first market for broadband deployment."


Pacific Dataport and OneWeb are working together to deliver broadband to 100% of Alaska communities starting in 2021. Pacific Dataport's founder, Microcom, has invested millions and built the Talkeetna Alaska Teleport for OneWeb's regional connection to the Internet. OneWeb’s fourth successful launch brings statewide coverage, regardless of location, closer to reality.


Pacific Dataport customers include telecoms (wired & wireless), non-profits, hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, governments and Alaska Native Corporations, Villages and Tribes.

PACIFIC DATAPORT RECEIVES FCC LICENSE FOR THEIR FIRST AURORA NETWORK EARTH STATION

November 20, 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Pacific Dataport, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Grant of Authority for their new gateway located in Eagle Mountain, Utah. This gateway will be used exclusively to connect thousands of rural Alaskans to affordable and fast broadband.


The Aurora Network will consist of one GEO HTS (high-throughput satellite) and one GEO VHTS (very high-throughput satellite). Both satellites will cover 100% of Alaska with approximately 80 Gbps of new capacity, allowing telecoms, governments, Tribal entities, health clinics, schools, libraries and entrepreneurs the ability to deliver broadband to their communities. Pacific Dataport's new capacity will be available Summer 2021.
Shawn Fitzpatrick, Pacific Dataport's Ground Systems Manager, comments: "The recent authorization from the FCC for our Eagle Mountain earth station is one more successful step in the realization of bringing affordable broadband to all of Alaska."


The Aurora Network’s new technology will bring Alaska into the 21st century and connect the approximately 40% of Alaskans who are either unserved (no internet) or underserved (slow and expensive internet). Pacific Dataport is proud to make this giant leap in broadband technology possible for Alaska.


Press Contact:
Shawn Williams
Director of Government Affairs
907-440-1185
 

FREE TRIBAL SPECTRUM APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 DAYS

June 29, 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently accepting applications for 2.5 GHz Tribal Spectrum until August 3, 2020. Acquiring spectrum rights allows a rural community or Tribal organization to deploy cellular 3G/4G LTE or a community Wi-Fi zone.

 

Qualified applicants include all federally recognized tribal entities. Alaska Native Corporations are unable to apply but may coordinate multiple tribal applications within their region. The online application process is simple, there is no cost to apply and there are no ongoing fees for the spectrum. The buildout milestones are very reasonable and there may be grants available to cover community build-out choices. All villages and rural communities are encouraged to apply, regardless of location.

 

Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI) is offering direction and recommendations for organizations that may apply and implement 2.5 GHz Tribal spectrum in their community. Pacific Dataport’s technology provides the community’s direct link to the internet anywhere in Alaska using new HTS satellite technology.

AURORA PROJECT SATELLITE PASSES MAJOR MILESTONE

June 29, 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI) announced their satellite manufacturer, Astranis, has reached a major milestone in its path to offering Alaska low-cost broadband internet service from a new generation of satellites called “high-throughput satellite” or HTS satellites. Astranis has successfully concluded thermal-vacuum testing of this satellite, which validates the technology’s ability to operate in the harsh environment of space. Astranis CEO John Gedmark said the test shows the different aspects of the vehicle — avionics, power electronics, the payload, the structure, and the software — worked together as a system. The company plans to complete production early next year.

 

The HTS satellite, named “Aurora 4A”, is the first of two HTS satellites to be launched over Alaska as part of the Aurora Project. Chuck Schumann, CEO of Pacific Dataport said “We have to turn away customers every day who want more bandwidth. This first satellite from Astranis will enable Alaskans living in remote locations to get reliable access to the internet for the first time and will reduce internet prices across the state. The success of this qualification test shows that Astranis and Pacific Dataport can deliver on their promise to the people of Alaska.”

 

The Aurora Project’s two HTS satellites will greatly increase Alaska’s middle mile capacity approximately 80 Gbps and serve 35,000 households (75,000 users) throughout Alaska. PDI’s retail pricing target is 25X3 broadband and 150 GB for $100 per month — anywhere in Alaska.

 

Astranis and Pacific Dataport Sign Exclusive Agreement to Bridge Alaska’s Digital Divide

New commercial partnership between Astranis and Pacific Dataport to deliver faster, cheaper, more reliable internet to the entire state of Alaska starting in 2020

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Jan.16, 2019 — Astranis Space Technologies Corp., building the next generation of telecommunications satellites to bring the world online, and Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI), a company created for Alaskans by Alaskans to bridge the state’s digital divide, today announced a signed agreement and commercial partnership to construct and launch the first-ever commercial Astranis satellite to dramatically increase bandwidth in Alaska and lower the price of internet access statewide.
 
Under the new agreement, Astranis will design, build, launch, and operate one of its proprietary high-throughput telecommunications microsatellites in geostationary orbit to accelerate the availability of cheaper, faster, and more reliable broadband internet service to the entire state of Alaska.
 
The satellite will launch in 2020 and provide 7.5 Gbps of capacity to roughly triple the currently available satellite capacity in in Alaska while also bringing costs down by an average of three times less than current pricing for both residential and wholesale customers.
 
“We really couldn’t have asked for a better first customer and a better partner,” said John Gedmark, co-founder and CEO of Astranis. “Not just because of PDI’s vision and dedication to bridging Alaska’s digital divide, but also because this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our phased approach to bringing online the more than four billion people in the world without reliable internet access.”
 
Astranis and PDI will work closely alongside PDI founding partners Space Partnership International (SPI) and Microcom to accelerate the vision for a fully connected Alaska.
 
“PDI was created specifically to address this connectivity problem in Alaska,” said Chuck Schumann, founder of Pacific Dataport. “Through our work together, we ultimately hope to provide 40 Gbps - 50 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth to bring the entire state of Alaska online with broadband internet— including many in the state who have no access at all. The new agreement with Astranis is the first step toward making that dream a reality much faster than we could with one of the traditional big satellite manufacturers.”
 
According to Broadband Now, 39 percent of Alaskans are underserved when it comes to internet access — the highest rate of any state. At a global level, more than half of the world’s population today is still not online, and if current growth rates persist, more than 3 billion people in the year 2020 still will not have the fast, reliable internet most of the United States take for granted.
 
PDI will hold a press conference and Q&A session at its Anchorage office on the morning of January 17, 2019. Members of the media who wish to attend should RSVP to astranis@theoutcastagency.com for more information.
 
To learn more about Astranis, please visit www.astranis.com.
 
For more information about PDI, please visithttp://www.pacificdataport.com/.
 
About Astranis
Astranis is reimagining the future of telecommunications satellites and taking on one of humanity's most important challenges. Four billion people do not have access to the internet. Astranis is going to change that. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost telecommunications satellites to bring the world online.
 
Astranis launched from stealth in March 2018 with funding from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to close the digital divide and reimagine the $126 billion a year satellite telecoms market by providing fast, reliable internet to the 4 billion people on the planet still without access.
 
About Pacific Dataport
Pacific Dataport is a satellite communications company formed by Alaskans for Alaskans through a strong interest and investment by Microcom, Space Partnership International, and others. Pacific Dataport is looking to help bridge the digital divide here at home. There are very few places in the world now with internet service as poor as Alaska and this should not be the case. The fact that Alaska is being left out has presented a great opportunity for our company to not only provide ubiquitous broadband coverage to Alaska but also bring back a competitive landscape and better products that will be a benefit to all. The future of Alaska, especially rural Alaska, depends on access to reliable internet service and Pacific Dataport is ready to make it happen.
Pacific Dataport is built on Microcom's strong history and knowledge of satellite communications in rural Alaska as well as Space Partnership International’s experience designing and developing satellite systems. Microcom has 34 years of satellite projects to proudly look back on in Alaska and around the world, and Pacific Dataport looks forward to continuing Microcom's legacy of being the first to bring new and innovative communications technology to Alaska.
 
About Microcom
Microcom has been leading the way in satellite communications in Alaska for over 30 years. Our years of dedication to customer service and competition have allowed all consumers to see a benefit from our work. Microcom is proud of its innovative solutions to our customers’ communications needs. Microcom’s ingenuity has resulted in many “firsts” in the satellite industry. Today, Microcom installs and services commercial satellite television and internet terminals across its vast territory. Microcom looks forward to continuing our work at pushing the boundaries of satellite communications technology. For more information, see www.microcom.tv.
 
About Space Partnership International
Space Partnership International (SPI) is a multi-disciplinary management consulting firm for space-related technical and business initiatives; our areas of expertise include satellite systems engineering, Business Development, procurement support / program management, ITU regulatory and market access. SPI brings together a multicultural team of experts with experience building and operating space-related businesses all over the world. We help government agencies, as well as start-ups and established companies across the entire satellite value chain and project lifecycle to create opportunities and bring them to fruition. For more information, see www.spacepi.com.

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