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SES announces plans for multi-terabit satcom service

SES has announced its intention to launch a new satellite service called O3b mPOWER, which it says will be capable of delivering multiple terabits of throughput globally to maritime and other satellite markets, starting in 2021.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}SES says that it has already contracted with Boeing Satellite Systems to build the seven medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites to be used for the service. The constellation will have 30,000 fully-shapeable and steerable beams that can be shifted and switched in real time to provide coverage to an area of nearly 400 million square kilometres, four-fifths of the Earth’s surface.

SES already operates an existing satellite constellation of 12 MEO satellites following its acquisition of O3b Networks in 2016, and will be launching another eight MEO satellites in 2018 and 2019.

For the O3b mPOWER service this satellite capacity will be complemented by an ecosystem of value-add service and technology partners from around the world, who will collaborate with SES to combine storage, computing and routing resources with software intelligence and application-specific antennas.

This will also see the introduction of a new concept network endpoint for installation by the end user, called the O3b mPOWER Customer Edge Terminal.

“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,” said Karim Michael Sabbagh, president and CEO of SES.

“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.”{/mprestriction}

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