Comms resilience demonstrated on tallest Welsh peak

TV adventurer Aldo Kane and international search and rescue team Serve On recently collaborated to test satellite connectivity at the top of Mount Snowdon.

According to a release from technology provider OneWeb, during the event Kane talked live via Instagram while at 3,560 feet above sea level. This was facilitated by the company’s Kymeta Hawk u8 “comms base”, enabling connection to its network of low Earth orbit satellites.

One web describes the technology as an “electronically steered antenna,” suitable for set up both on the ground on in-vehicle.

Discussing the technology, a spokesperson for the company said: “[Kymeta Hawk u8] has been developed for use across first responder services, as well as many other applications.

“Where network signal is disabled, not secure or non-existent, the terminal will connect ground teams in search and rescue missions with robust and stable communications from point of set-up.”

Speaking from Snowdon, Kane said: “In dark spots like Snowdonia where connectivity is at best patchy, comms going down is a huge risk. The fact that I can connect this easily, with full video capabilities on my phone is testament to the robust connectivity of the OneWeb network.”

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