Greg Wyler

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Greg Wyler
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Greg Wyler
Born (1969-11-12) November 12, 1969 (age 49)
OccupationExecutive Chairman and Founder of OneWeb

Gregory Thane Wyler (born 12 November 1969)[not verified in body] is an American tech entrepreneur, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder and executive chairman of OneWeb[1] and the founder of O3b Networks.

Business ventures[edit]

Wyler spent four years developing telecommunications in Africa in rural locations. In 2003,[2] he built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the Internet, providing the first 3G and fiber to the home connections on the continent.[3]

In 2007, he founded O3b Networks, Ltd.[1] The idea[clarification needed] was first conceived in 2005 while working on a project to provide a nationwide telephone service in rural Rwanda, attempting to wire the post-war and economically shattered country.[4] O3b has launched 12 satellites, and the system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date.[5][non-primary source needed]

In 2012,[6] Wyler founded OneWeb with the mission of “enabling Internet access for everyone.”[7]

On August 1, 2016, satellite operator SES completed the acquisition of O3b.[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2015, Wyler received the Arthur C. Clarke award for Innovation[9] and the 2B AHEAD Innovators Award.[10] In 2017, Wyler was voted the Top Rising Star in Wireless by Fierce Wireless[11] and later that year, The Most Powerful Person in Telecommunications.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winkler, Rolfe (14 January 2015). "Greg Wyler's OneWeb Satellite-Internet Company Secures Funding". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/business/yourmoney/22rwanda.html?_r=0
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee. "The New Space Race: One Man's Mission to Build a Galactic Internet". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/business/yourmoney/22rwanda.html?_r=0
  5. ^ "Greg Wyler - OneWeb - OneWorld". oneweb.world. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ "OneWeb Announces Plans to Launch a New Satellite Constellation to Bring High-Speed Internet to Underserved Areas Around the World - Business Wire". businesswire.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ "How OneWeb's Satellite Internet Could Weather Future Disasters". nbcnews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=49193
  9. ^ "Innovator Award to Greg Wyler - The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation". clarkefoundation.org. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  10. ^ 2b AHEAD ThinkTank (24 May 2016). "2b AHEAD - Greg Wyler: The new Space Race for Galactic Internet". Retrieved 8 August 2016 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/oneweb-s-greg-wyler-voted-top-rising-star-wireless
  12. ^ https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/oneweb-s-greg-wyler-voted-most-powerful-exec-telecom-for-2017