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Swedish satellite internet terminals have arrived in Ukraine

08 Aug, 2023
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Swedish satellite internet terminals have arrived in Ukraine

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The Swedish company Satcube has begun delivering its own satellite internet terminals to Ukraine, which can be used in remote areas where mobile and ground networks are not operational.

Founder and CEO of Satcube, Jakob Kallmer, revealed this in an interview with the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

According to reports, the Ukrainian side took notice of Satcube after several humanitarian organizations and journalists used the equipment of the Swedish company for work in Ukraine.

Satcube utilizes the satellite network of the American company Intelsat, which placed an order for supplying terminals worth around 70 million Swedish kronor (5.97 million euros). The cost of the terminals will be covered by Germany, which will then transfer them. This is the largest order for Satcube since the start of terminal production in 2017.

In the initial phase, Satcube plans to provide Ukraine with approximately 100 portable internet terminals. According to Kallmer, the first terminals were sent to Ukraine at the beginning of summer.

Satcube states that they are not aware of whether their equipment will be used by the military, but they do not rule it out. "It can be anything from connecting field hospitals to supporting communication in field conditions," says Jacob Kallmer.

The portable internet terminal Satcube weighs around 8 kilograms and can provide broadband access through geostationary satellites at speeds of up to 70 megabits per second. However, signal delay can reach up to one second since the satellites are positioned in orbit at an altitude of over 35,000 kilometers.

It is known that since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, Elon Musk's company SpaceX has provided Ukraine with over 40,000 terminals connected to the Starlink satellite network. They are faster than Satcube, although it is more challenging to jam the signal of the latter.

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