ST Engineering iDirect, a global player in satellite communications, has announced that it will provide its high-performance ground infrastructure for O3b mPOWER, SES’s next-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) communications system. Pairing ST Engineering iDirect’s breakthrough ground technology with spacecraft innovations, O3b mPOWER will enable a flexible, low-latency, high-speed, fiber-like experience for industry segments that include telcommunications/Mobile Network Operator, government, aerospace, cruise, offshore energy, mining and commercial shipping.
The O3b mPOWER system is a critical innovation milestone for the satellite industry. ST Engineering iDirect’s high-performance ground technology is key to optimizing the end-to-end capabilities of the MEO constellation for delivery of highly efficient networks with highly reliable services.
The integration of SES and ST Engineering iDirect technologies results in a powerful feature set, including:
“The ground segment is integral to bringing O3b mPOWER to life, and our companies, which have a long-standing partnership, share a common vision for technology and service innovation which we are taking to a critical next level,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, President and CCO at ST Engineering iDirect. “This opportunity allows us to reinforce our collaboration with SES and take further steps towards achieving our vision of a GSO and NGSO, multi-access platform to deliver next-generation services and applications enabled by emerging 5G standards.”
“Our partnership with ST Engineering iDirect will serve to reinforce our vision of high-throughput, high- efficiency networks based on open, standardized architectures that enable the delivery of fully automated and orchestrated services,” said Stewart Sanders, EVP, Technology and O3b mPOWER Program Lead, SES. “Their proven technology and innate understanding of next-generation ground ecosystem requirements will enable us to harness the potential of O3b mPOWER to offer differentiated services across land, sea and air.”