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Rivada Secures U.K. Satcom Market Access License

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Ibadan, 4 March 2024. – The UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) has granted Rivada a license that enables the company to provide satellite communications services in Great Britain. This is as Rivada is launching a constellation of low-earth orbit satellites to provide Government communications, maritime and aviation connectivity, enterprise networking and backhaul services for telecommunications networks.

The license will facilitate Rivada’s rollout of its global low-latency point-to-point network of 600 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, the OuterNET. The network license consequently allows Rivada to use spectrum and deploy user terminals in the U.K., which are dishes and antennas used by customers to connect to its satellite network.

Ofcom stated, “In October, Ofcom consulted on Rivada’s license application and, having assessed responses, concluded that Rivada’s system is capable of coexisting with other services. We also believe that granting the license will not create a material risk to competition and that Rivada’s planned services would benefit U.K. consumers and businesses.”

In response to receiving the license, Professor David Hendon, CBE, Senior Vice President at Rivada and former CEO of Ofcom’s predecessor, the Radio Communications Agency, commented, “Ofcom is prominent in the regulatory world for its painstaking due diligence and great legal caution, so this marks an impressive milestone for Rivada, in which one of the world’s leading regulatory bodies has approved the roll-out of a unique new network, the OuterNET™, for communications services in the U.K.”

Declan Ganley, CEO of Rivada Space Networks, also said, “This is a significant step for Rivada in terms of market access. We are now on an exciting path to ensure that the OuterNET™ is available globally to solve essential connectivity and networking challenges and open up new business opportunities.”

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