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SES demos satellite 5G backhaul

SES has demonstrated with Emirates-based telco operator, du, the first satellite-enabled 5G backhaul in the Middle East utilising SES’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. The aim of the live demonstration was to demonstrate how SES’s current O3b constellation could extend 5G coverage to remote locations and support du’s enterprise customers including offshore energy sites with […]

January 16, 2023By Chris Forrester

SES: €980m orders on mPOWER

SES CEO Steve Collar, speaking following the successful launch on December 16th of two O3b/mPOWER satellites, says that its all-important backlog of orders for capacity on the mPOWER fleet has grown to €980 million, up from the €950 million confirmed earlier this year. The backlog covers the mPOWER fleet and usage on board its geostationary […]

December 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

Launch success for mPOWER pair

SpaceX successfully launched two mPOWER satellites for SES and its O3b division on December 16th. Despite a heart-stopping interruption to the launch rocket’s video signal which would normally have shown the rocket’s booster on its floating landing barge, but everything was “nominal” in the booster’s landing and the deployment of the two satellites. Confirmation soon […]

December 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

O3b/mPOWER ready for launch

Two mPOWER satellites (mPOWER 1 and 2) are ready to launch on December 16th for SES. Launch time, subject to the usual weather constraints, is at 4.21pm Florida time from Cape Canaveral. SpaceX is providing the launch vehicle. The mission will see the two craft placed in mid-Earth orbit at some 8,000 kms altitude and […]

December 14, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES receives Marlink order

SES has allocated 1 gigabyte of satellite bandwidth on its O3b craft to smart network solutions operator Marlink. The service, now available to Marlink’s energy sector customers, makes it possible for them to digitalise rig operations, connect crew, and provide applications such as video-conferencing, workflow tools and Enterprise Resource Planning, in combination with data collection […]

December 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES starts mPOWER journey

The first pair of Boeing-built mPOWER satellites for SES have been delivered to Cape Canaveral ahead of their planned launch – which will be handled by SpaceX – around the middle of December. The O3b mPOWER satellites are part of SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system operating at approximately 8,000 km altitude from the […]

December 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES/Boeing planning O3b Gen-3

November 10th saw a press unveiling and briefing at Boeing’s El Segundo satellite manufacturing facility of the first of SES’s new O3b/mPOWER satellites. The first pair out of a total manifest of 11 craft will be launched around December 15th. SES CTO Ruy Pinto told journalists that the operator believed they had something very special […]

November 12, 2022

SES, Shevon to boost African mining connectivity

An African mining company based in the DRC will be enjoying high-speed satellite-based connectivity services as part of a new agreement between Shevon and SES. The two-year agreement will see Shevon provide for the first time SES’s O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) high-throughput and low-latency connectivity services, enabling the DRC mining company to implement new […]

November 10, 2022

SES adds extra capacity for Papua New Guinea

SES, which unveils its latest quarterly financials on November 3rd, has signed an agreement with Digicel Pacific for 40 per cent more satellite capacity to Papua New Guinea. Digicel is taking extra bandwidth on SES’s O3b mPOWER satellite fleet to provide its customers with seamless connectivity following damage to the international Pipe Pacific Cable (PPC) […]

November 2, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES extends O3b coverage over Tonga

International mobile operator Digicel will use SES’s Medium Earth Orbit O3b satellites to provide reliable connectivity to Tonga for disaster relief. SES and Digicel say they will extend their partnership to provide the Kingdom of Tonga with long-term disaster resiliency to minimise bandwidth disruptions. Under the agreement, Digicel will benefit from SES’s expertise in offering […]

September 15, 2022By Chris Forrester