TinSky and OneWeb complete first west African LEO satellite gateway

13 June 2022

TinSky Connect has successfully completed the installation of 15 Satellite Access Portal (SAP) OneWeb antenna systems, and customer provided equipment at a Satellite Network Portal (SNP) or gateway facility in Accra, Ghana.

OneWeb is a global communications network powered through space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses and communities. Tinsky Connect was selected as OneWeb’s technical engineering partner for its first west African SNP. The gateway is located in Tema on the outskirts of the capital on a site of six hectares. The site is owned and run by ComSys who will continue to host the gateway on behalf of OneWeb.

Alan Geldenhuys, executive director, TinSky Connect Group said the two companies worked closely together in all aspects of bringing the installation of the antenna network to completion in just six weeks. “The site is now commissioned and will be ready for service later in 2022,” he added. “Tinsky understood the complexity of the multiple satellite ‘hand offs’ each gateway has to achieve per second and deployed a highly experienced team of field engineers that provided advanced system engineering and technical services, addressing OneWeb’s mission critical SNP gateway needs, at low risk and within budget.”

OneWeb’s first SNP gateway in Africa, located in Hartebeesthoek, South Afica is also nearing completion with others in Senegal and Mauritius currently under development.