This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Satellite Communication companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Satellite Communication industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Satellite Communication Companies
OneWeb is building a space-based global communications network that delivers high-speed, low latency internet access. By building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, OneWeb will provide connectivity to people around the world.
The company’s global service will deliver new solutions for broadband, government, and cellular backhaul. Its high-speed, low-latency, the network will offer mobility solutions to industries that rely on global connectivity, such as aviation, maritime, automotive, trains, and more.
OneWeb commenced launches of the OneWeb satellite constellation, a network of more than 650 low Earth orbit satellites, in February 2019, and by March 2020, had launched 74 of the planned 648 satellites in the initial constellation. The London, England-headquartered company was established in 2012 by Greg Wyler..
Isotropic Systems Limited (ISL) is developing the world’s most spectrally efficient, low profile antennas that are con-formal, multi-band and electronically steerable. The company’s team of industry experts and scientists have reached a major breakthrough in technology and innovative antenna design.
ISL is privately held and headquartered in London, England. ISL’s antenna will be the first truly ‘broadband’ low-profile antenna with fully electronic beam steering, easily scalable to effective apertures and can be designed to match almost any desired form factor.
Designed for satellite broadcast, VSAT, microwave, multipoint wireless and 5G broadband communications, the antennas are low cost and have no moving parts to adhere to the stability requirements of mobility.. .
Driven by the vision of making space accessible to anyone, Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable space missions. Open Cosmos went from design to delivery of qb01, their first nanosatellite, in only four months, followed by a launch and deployment in LEO early April 2017.
They are currently working with innovative payload developers towards in-orbit demonstration and constellation deployment to enable services ranging from remote sensing to maritime domain awareness and machine-to-machine communications.. .
Avanti Communications supplies satellite communications services for business, institutional, and residential customers. It operates satellite broadband, data, and voice services into Europe.
The company offers broadband/network services for home and community, business broadband, private circuits, business continuity, and consultancy services. It delivers its consultancy services to national governments, corporations, and European agencies directly or through a network of resellers and maintainers.
Avanti’s satellite services cover Europe, India, the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and the North and South America. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.
Avanti Communications operates as a subsidiary of Avanti Communications Group PLC.. .
Gigaclear is one of the fastest and most reliable broadband networks in the UK. Delivered only to rural areas of England we deliver better broadband than is available to most towns and cities.
With ultrafast, pure fibre broadband, available to every one of their customers, rural communities will be ready to meet the demands of Internet services of the future. Founded in December 2010 by Matthew Hare, the Chief Executive, the company has grown steadily ever since, key appointments have included Joe Frost in 2012 as Sales and Marketing Director and in March 2014 Simon Bullock joined the company as CFO.
In May 2011 Ofcom applied the electronic communications code to Gigaclear for the purposes of the provision, by Gigaclear, of an electronic communications network in the United Kingdom. Also in May 2011 the company took a majority stake in local access pioneer Rutland Telecom and in September of that year the company started construction of its first fibre-to-the-premises network, which opened service in October 2011 in Hambleton in Rutland.
During 2012 Gigaclear also delivered its first Gigabit fibre-to-the-premises network in the rural communities of Appleton, Eaton and Besselsleigh in Oxfordshire. During 2013 and 2014 the company opened new networks in Fyfield, Frilford, Farmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Woodeaton, Beckley and Northmoor in Oxfordshire, Godden Green in Kent and Uppingham in Rutland.
At the end of 2015, Gigaclear had 27 rural networks live with 39 more in construction in Oxfordshire, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. In addition Gigaclear is building rural networks supported by BDUK Superfast Broadband grants in Gloucestershire, West Berkshire and Essex.
Gigaclear delivers incredibly fast, and reliable broadband access, everyone connected to the network has the same level of service regardless of ‘distance from the cabinet’ or weather conditions.. .
Geospatial Insight is a provider of independent research derived from the analysis of satellite imagery and the integration of this intelligence with a range of other data sources. The company delivers these differentiated insights as investment research to the finance sector, business intelligence for corporate clients, and CAT event loss estimation and claims analysis services for the insurance sector.
Established in 2012, Geospatial Insight has expanded the team to include finance sector specialists.. .
Spacechips provides onboard processing products for telecommunication satellites, Earth-Observation payloads, small satellites, and launchers. They offer space-grade, ITAR/EAR-free, low-cost COTS and ground-segment solutions.
Spacechips develops space electronics for satellites and spacecraft as well as advising on design, EDA, test, manufacturing and component selection. Spacechips positions suppliers of space technologies as the go-to-provider, increases your market share, global sales and secures design-ins on future missions.
Spacechips teaches training courses on space electronics helping companies develop capability, deliver right-first-time, to cost and schedule. Their courses compare space-grade and COTS FPGAs, ADCs/DACs, DC-DCs, and POLs, to allow you to make informed technology selections.
Spacechips helps suppliers, banks and VCs understand future technical and commercial trends for the space industry to define product roadmaps and guarantee ROI.. .
Virtua UK Ltd
Virtua UK Ltd is the specialist telecoms engineering company. We are a leading provider of bespoke RF communications infrastructure services to the telecoms, broadcast rigging and wireless industries.
We’re proud to say that our team have collectively accumulated over 200 years’ experience in delivering these services, including broadcast, mobile telecoms, inbuild, consultancy and network solutions. Our expertise has been earned through working with leading organisations to complete major projects.
At Virtua, we can offer a full end–to-end solution. Whatever your communications engineering problem, we can help you..
Cobham is a manufacturer of air-to-air refueling systems, environmental systems, and actuation primarily for defense markets. It protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into customer needs, and agility.
The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defense, and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. It has market-leading positions in air-to-air refueling; aviation services; audio, video, and data communications, including satellite communications; defense electronics; life support, and mission equipment.
The most important thing Cobham builds is trust. It was launch in 1934 in Wimborne, Dorset by Sir Alan Cobham..
Air & Space Evidence
Air & Space Evidence is a Space Detective Agency. Using satellite images, aerial images and remote sensing as evidence We help individuals, companies and governments with image sourcing and analysis, we advise on using satellite imagery to resolve disputes and legal issues and we provide expert witness testimony.
We also design monitoring programmes and advise governments on Earth Observation policy issues and tackling tax evasion, fraud and environmental crime. Our consultants have an unrivalled blend of academic, business, and military intelligence expertise in the legal, security and technical fields of Earth Observation..
Pioneers in PicoSat technology, Traditionally satellites have been very expensive, even the smallest commercial satellites like Cubesats cost six-figure amounts to build and launch. Alba Orbital develop pico-Satellites which weigh <1kg, and cost significantly less.
While, offering almost all of the advantages of a CubeSat. Being leaders in this niche, they are closely partnered with ESA and provide research in this area to them.
AlbaOrbital aims to ‘democratise’ space, allowing affordable access to anyone. They are currently working on 2 platforms – Unicorn-1 and Unicorn-2 and will be launching Unicorn-1 in Q2 2017.
AlbaOrbital also provide technical support and parts for those launching, designing and building picoSatellites.. .
e2v technologies plc develops and manufactures electronic components and sub-systems for aerospace and defense, medical and science, and commercial and industrial sectors. Its Electron Devices and Subsystems segment provides electron devices and sub-systems, including coupled-cavity TWTs, gridded tubes, helix TWTs, inductive output tubes, klystrons, magnetrons, modulators, RF systems, spark gaps, stellar satcom amplifiers, and thyratrons for various applications, including defense electronic countermeasures, radiotherapy cancer treatment machines, radar systems, satellite communications amplifiers, and digital television transmitters.
The company’s Imaging Devices segment offers CMOS imaging solutions, industrial imaging sensors, L3vision cameras and sensors, line scan industrial cameras, space and scientific imaging, and X-ray dental sensors for applications in space, science and life science imaging, industrial process control, intra-oral and panoramic dental x-ray systems, military surveillance, and automotive imaging. Its Specialist Semiconductors segment provides ASICs, assembly and test services, broadband data converters, high power ISM transceivers, high reliability ICs, high reliability microprocessors, and MRAMs.
The company’s Sensors segment provides firefighting cameras, security cameras, automotive products, gas sensors, microwave devices, radio evacuation devices, safety and arming devices, and x-ray detectors for use in environmental safety, x-ray spectroscopy, automotive alarm and security systems, microwave radar and safety and arming devices, fire rescue, and security thermal imaging. It offers its products through a network of agents and distributors in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East, and Australia.
The company was formerly known as Marconi Applied Technologies and changed its name to e2v technologies plc in July 2002. e2v technologies plc was founded in 1947 and is based in Chelmsford, the United Kingdom..
OpenWeather is a team of IT experts and data scientists that has been practising deep weather data science since 2014. For each point on the globe, OpenWeather provides historical, current and forecasted weather data via light-speed APIs.
Headquarters in London, UK. As of 2020, OpenWeather Ltd has more than 2.6 million customers and supports 2,500 new subscribers per day.
This includes Fortune 500 companies and thousands of other businesses globally.. .
Asteroid Mining Corporation Ltd
We are currently developing a satellite to prospect the near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) for mining candidates. AMC will commercialise this data set in order to fund further development of the Asteroid Mining industry, using the revenues from the Space Resource Database to refocus our R&D on the extraction, processing and utilisation of the available extra-terrestrial materials.
We are first and foremost a business. We aim to extract resources from asteroids to boost the Earth’s economy and kick start the Space Based Economy as the vast values of some asteroids can be valued in trillions, with the largest asteroids being worth quintillions, while even small asteroids can be hugely valuable.
This money will be spent in building ever growing amounts of space infrastructure so that we can eventually allow all humans who desire it to live and work in Space. The Asteroid Mining Corporation is also an ecologically minded, ethical company.
We believe asteroid mining will greatly benefit the world environmentally, by moving industry into space so that in future the people of Earth can look upon our planet as the fragile and all important oasis of life in the Solar System. A home where all humanity can live in peace.
Finally we aim to mine asteroids for something much more profound than merely profit. We are driven by a deep and life long obsession with space.
It has been almost 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon, and in that time we haven’t even been back. We want to allow every person on this planet the opportunity to visit, or even live and work in space if they so desire within the next fifty years.
Lumi are using lasers to provide more power to satellites. Over the past decade, satellites have shrunk drastically.
This has come at a cost – satellites don’t get enough power. We want to provide significantly more power to satellites, from ground-based infrastructure.
Our team is engaged in technical research and development to kickstart the new, exciting, commercial space race.. .
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets. The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world.
Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s five mobile network operators, and the emergency services..
ThermCERT is a thermal and carbon efficiency reporting tool that uses space-derived data to enhance quality and scanning frequency over the lifetime of a thermal investment. It also increases the effectiveness of carbon credits and trading.
ThermCERT also reduces thermal waste, particularly over large areas or in large buildings and is vital in lowering global carbon emissions. It provides a suite of tools for targeting, measuring, reporting on, verifying, communicating and promoting thermal efficiency investments.
ThermCERT is based in Musselburgh, East Lothian.. .
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
SSTL is a spin-off company of the University of Surrey, now majority-owned by Airbus, that builds and operates small satellites. It is considered as among the world’s leading small satellite companies, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science, and communications.
The company designs, manufactures and operates high performance satellites and ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space missions.. .
TRL Technology Limited
TRL Electronics plc is a newly established group, with a 100% holding in TRL Technology Ltd (TRL Technology). TRL Technology is recognised internationally for its innovative leading edge radio and satellite communications systems, and has more than 20 years’ expertise in providing defence and government organisations around the world with sophisticated intelligence-gathering tools.
A global customer base underlines TRL Technology’s specialist capabilities. Long-standing customer relationships and repeat business are a key element to its success.
Today, TRL Technology is active in over 40 countries, with export sales now some 50% of turnover.. .
Wireless Innovation is a satellite company that offers M2M, telemetry, and SCADA solutions for the utilities, OEM, tracking, and telematics. It also provides solutions to the Renewables, Water, Oil, Gas and Electricity markets and has deployed solutions and services in over 100 countries around the world.
They also work to deliver end-to-end solutions that meet each client’s individual needs whether that’s a wireless network for CCTV backhaul or a satellite communications system for retrieving critical M2M data from a mountain top. It has the expertise, experience, and people to solve your data communications challenges, whatever their industry.
Wireless Innovation has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2010 and was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Gloucester, UK.. .
Rock Seven is a manufacturer of Iridium-based satellite tracking & communication systems and airtime contracts. Our business was founded in 2005, and we are specialists in what we do.
Our aim is to make satellite communications accessible to everybody in a simple and easy to understand way. The satellite market is full of companies who seem to make it complicated and confusing, and we don’t believe it needs to be.
We provide services to a wide range of organisations, ranging from government, military, NGOs, private companies and consumers.. .
SatMind provides IT solutions for maritime mobile satellite service users. Founded in 2012, SatMind was established due to growing market demands for Internet and communication services adapted to the MSS market coming from Shipping companies as well as Seamen associations and unions.
Its product SeaBrowser, an onboard internet platform, helps maximizes the capacity and efficiency of ship-to-shore communications, collaboration, and connectivity.. .
Oxford Dynamics is a growing team of technology innovators that work in a dynamic, agile way to provide solutions to tough technical challenges. With expertise covering RF, electro-mechanical, computational fluid dynamics, additive manufacturing and electronics, together with a proven entrepreneurial approach, Oxford Dynamics are uniquely placed to solve your specific challenge.
The company brings together a range of like-minded, award-winning engineers and technologists who have worked together for a number of years. All have a track record of successful delivery into government, aerospace and space projects..
Mobius is the UKs first integrated data airtime provider. They aim to prove that, in the data world, all networks are not the same and even, all SIMs are not the same.
If you are new to the concept of Machine to Machine please have a look at their Machine to Machine section. If you want to see why Mobius has a short cost chain, better control and greater accountability then Data versus Voice should help make that clear.
The Contact section will help you if you would like further information on Mobius and their offering.. .
Established in 1995, the Entel Group is a fully independent company operating its own design and manufacturing divisions, with distribution to a global market. Ranked among the leading industry brands, Entel brings exacting standards of innovation, quality and excellence to its business critical radio communications equipment, so that users can communicate effectively, in even the most hostile environments.
Through an established global network of dealers Entel has won some of the most prestigious tenders in the commercial and public sectors. In the UK alone, we have secured contracts with the UK Fire & Rescue Services, the Ministry of Justice and a global contract with G4S Security..
We’re a specialist technology company focused on bringing innovations from emerging technologies to business. We support organisations to explore emerging technologies from concept development to integration into business as usual.
We work in the fields of space, quantum technologies and blockchain.. .
Viewsat broadcasts via satellite for radio and television channels based in the Middle East and Africa. A variety of religious, government and news channels send recorded material to the company’s Guildford site, where it is then beamed back out to audiences.
In recent months, media channels in the Middle East have particularly benefited because broadcasts from Britain are not censored.. .
Headquartered in London, PA Group incorporates news, information and communications businesses. It is the parent company of the Press Association – the UK’s leading multimedia news agency – along with three other specialist media companies.
These are Globelynx, which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for corporate clients to connect with TV news broadcasters worldwide; Sticky Content, the UK’s leading digital copywriting and content strategy agency; and TNR, a specialist communications consultancy. It also owns a stake in Baize Group, a leading provider of automotive content, events and PR services, and the social video creation platform, Wochit..
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