SES to launch new O3b satellite network for cloud services

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Natalie Bannerman
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SES is set to launch eight medium earth orbit satellites by 2019, as part of a new offering in cloud-scale connectivity

SES Networks has announced its newest offering in cloud-scale connectivity and high power data services, a network system that will provide high performance network communications from 2021.

SES says it will launch the O3b mPower system in 2021 to deliver fully-managed services in the dynamic mobility, fixed data and government markets.

According to SES the O3b mPower system will create an environment of service and technology partners around the world, which will invest in ground infrastructure innovations that converge storage, computing and routing resources with software intelligence and application-specific antennas that will introduce a new concept for the network endpoint: a small, fast and easy-to-install O3b mPower Customer Edge Terminal.

Boeing Satellite Systems will build seven medium earth orbit satellites. The entire constellation will have 30,000 steerable beams that can be shifted in real time to align with customers’ quickly changing growth opportunities, making it bandwidth-efficient. In addition, it will provide coverage of up to 400 million square kilometres. 

SES already operates a non-geostationary broadband system through 12 medium earth orbit satellites which deliver high-throughput, low latency connectivity. It will be launching an additional eight medium earth orbit satellites in 2018 and 2019.

Karim Michael Sabbagh, president and CEO of SES, said: “With the launch of O3b mPower, SES is opening a new era of connectivity, fundamentally transforming the role and capabilities of satellite. O3b mPower is a unique system with exponentially more power, performance and flexibility which sets the technology at the highest level, offering a visionary roadmap for next generation technology. We are leveraging the pole position we hold today by relying and building on the strengths of our existing O3b Medium Earth Orbit constellation. We are taking a long-term strategic commitment to further boost our capabilities, going beyond boundaries and redefining the frontiers of what satellite connectivity can accomplish. O3b mPower will be instrumental in empowering customers to massively scale up their businesses and capture new growth. This will enable us to further execute on our differentiated service offering and deliver profitable growth in line with SES’s financial framework.”