SES has successfully launched two additional O3b mPOWER satellites into space via the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, a milestone for the global content connection provider.
Following the successful launch of the fifth and sixth O3b mPOWER satellites, the system of six satellites that will operate in medium Earth orbit (MEO) has been completed. As a result of this accomplishment, SES is now able to provide high-performance network services, which include high throughput, predictable low latency, exceptional flexibility, and service availability.
SES Operations in the Philippines
SES has been maintaining a strong presence in the Philippines through strategic alliances. The company also provides instructional content to over 2,000 distant schools utilizing ComClark Network and Technology. Cignal and GSAT, the country's leading direct-to-home (DTH) operators with over 95% market share, also use SES for connection.
Furthermore, SES has supported the Department of Information and Communications Technology's digital inclusion efforts, such as partnering with We Are IT (WIT) to deliver internet connectivity to 43 Mindanao Commission on Elections (COMELEC) facilities, showcasing its commitment to digital infrastructure.
Last month, SES announced that it would add two Boeing O3b mPOWER satellites to the constellation, bringing the total to 13. The new investment is expected to fit within SES's committed CapEx framework. The first four O3b mPOWER satellites launched last year have reached their target orbit and are undertaking in-orbit examinations, including space and ground component system validation testing.
SES deployed and tested over 160 O3b mPOWER terminals in 2023 for mobility, telecom, government and business customers.
“With the fifth and sixth O3b mPOWER satellites launched and going operational in the next few months, we are gearing up to deliver the high-performance connectivity services our customers need. By building resiliency into the network, we are confident our customers will be able to depend on us to deliver the reliable and secure connectivity required to run their operations,” said Ruy Pinto, CEO of SES.
The commercial launch of the O3b mPOWER service is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2024, reaffirming SES's commitment to providing reliable and secure connectivity services internationally.