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Mangata plans a new satellite engineering and operations hub in Scotland

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Mangata Networks, a satellite cloud service provider, has announced that Scotland will be the new location for its R&D, manufacturing and core network operations.

The company will create around 575 jobs over the next few years as part of Mangata’s new satellite engineering and operations hub at Prestwick International Aerospace Park in Ayrshire.

“We are delighted Mangata has chosen to locate in Prestwick and have great pleasure in welcoming them to South Ayrshire,” stated Martin Dowey, the leader of the South Ayrshire council. “We very much look forward to working with them and seeing the many benefits they bring to our local communities.”

The UK and Scottish governments and South Ayrshire council have inputted a combined £83.7 million to help establish this business hub. This funding consists of £54.5 million from Scottish Enterprise and £29.2 million from the Ayrshire Growth Deal, to be repaid over the next 15 years.

Founded in February 2020, investors include MetaVC Partners, Temasek, KTsat, Playground Global, Promus Ventures and Scottish Enterprise. It is based in Phoenix and operates in Denver, Seattle, London, Prestwick, Singapore and Seoul.

Mangata says it commits to providing global satellite telecommunications access with innovative and sustainable technology. The network strives to connect any community, no matter the location, to the nearly four billion people without adequate internet access. It will support content creation locally and enable sharing globally.

“All the Scottish organizations involved have been incredibly supportive of our efforts to bridge the gap in global connectivity and access,” stated Juliette Neu, the chief experience officer at Mangana Networks. “Mangata is passionate about connecting humanity all around the world, using the systems we will develop in Scotland. We saw this same spirit to serve the local and global community in our interactions in Scotland.”

Mangata uses a proprietary satellite constellation comprising MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and HEO (Highly Elliptical Orbit) satellites to provide backhaul connectivity to its intelligent MangataEdge micro data centers. The company plans to extend cloud services closer to the network’s edge to make them more accessible and cost-effective for users worldwide.

Mangata’s hub at Prestwick will be at the region’s aerospace cluster. Twenty local and global organizations, including BAE Systems, Spirit AeroSystems, Woodward and Collins Aerospace, already call the cluster home. Those companies employ approximately 4,000 people, with over half of Scotland’s aerospace and space workforce based in this location.

The South Ayrshire council leader, Douglas Campbell, commented on the company’s new hub: “We’re delighted Mangata Networks have chosen Prestwick as their UK base for these important activities. It’s a significant step forward to help cement the region’s place in the global aerospace and space industries. We’re looking forward to welcoming the team and working together over the coming years.”

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