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

Dec 30, 2020 | Alaska Native, Telecom & Tech

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Pacific Dataport has signed a teaming agreement with Teya Development Company, a wholly owned, 8A subsidiary under the Salamatof Native Association, to secure contracts within the US 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, says, “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, 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.

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