SES O3b Satellites Geared To Provide Access To Underserved Communities

Globally recognised Satellite operator, SES has announced its readiness to provide increased capacity across the world through its expanded O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation.

The constellation of Ka-band satellites orbits at approximately 8,000 km from planet Earth which is four times closer to the planet than the usual geostationary (GEO) satellites. The newly expanded constellation promises to deliver connectivity with low latency and fibre-like performances for data services almost anywhere on the in the world. The O3b fleet is the only non-geostationary (NGSO) system that can deliver fibre-like broadband services globally today.

The improved satellite constellation will enable SES Networks to bring 38 percent better capacity, that enhances coverage and increases performance in the market, as it continues to drive digital equality to support digital transformation all across the world. The expanded capacity will also address the growing consumption of bandwidth in the fixed data, mobile and government-related markets.

According to Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks, John-Paul Hemingway: “Our customers have been expecting the new satellites to begin its services. As the first and only company operating a successful non-geostationary broadband system, we are both proud and thrilled that these new satellites will help connect underserved areas and transform lives through improved broadband access. To have a well rounded and enhanced connectivity experience we provide services to planes, ships as well as government platforms."

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket successfully launched the four new O3b satellites from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on 9 March 2018, which brings the total number of MEO satellites in the O3b fleet to16! Four more O3b satellites are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019.

The next fleet of O3b satellites, O3b mPOWER, are scheduled to launch in the year 2021 which would bring a massive scale and flexibility to our proven O3b model. The seven super-powered MEO satellites would have more than 30,000 dynamic, electronically-generated, fully-shapeable and steerable beams whose directions can be shifted and switched in real time. With these satellites, we will provide coverage to an area of almost 400 million square kilometres which can be scalable to multiple terabits of throughput worldwide.

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