Satellite company SES Networks has launched a new hybrid resiliency platform that leverages multiple orbit levels to offer bandwidth-on-demand services, with Palau Telecoms signing on as the first customer.
The new managed service, announced at CommunicAsia 2017, features intelligent routing and resiliency via a platform equipped to support reliable high-performing networks across orbit-diverse connections – namely, SES’ fleet of GEOsat satellites combined with the HTS MEOsats of its subsidiary O3b Networks.
ISP Palau Telecoms – a long-term customer of O3b – is the first customer to use the hybrid platform, which it needs to diversify into other services, according to an SES Networks spokesperson.
“The connectivity that Palau Telecom has enjoyed on the MEO satellites has enabled Palau Telecom to grow tremendously in the last couple of years. And as they plan to up their services and expand into different segments, there is a requirement for different grades of connectivity services,” the spokesperson said. “SES Networks managed to provide this premium service by overlaying C-band over MEO capacity. With SES’s Telco Resilience platform, we are able to provide virtually 100% service availability to Palau. With connectivity provided in multiple orbits, we now have diverse network paths that are vital in the delivery of resilient networks.”
As the service technically uses two different networks, Palau Telecoms needs additional antennas to connect to both – two to track the O3b MEOsats and another antenna for the GEOsat.
Palau Telecoms CEO Sam Masang said MEO-driven connectivity has already been powering its businesses over the past several years, and that internet penetration in Palau has reached the 30% mark.
“Satellite network solutions are ideal to help us meet the growing data demand in Palau and bridge the digital divide, as terrestrial infrastructures have limitations, and in some cases are not possible to roll-out,” he said in a statement.
The hybrid resiliency solution, aimed at telcos, mobile network operators, enterprises and maritime connectivity providers, is currently available in the Asia-Pacific region, and will roll out in other regions later.
In related news, SES Networks and Indonesia’s Patrakom announced a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia.
As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9, SES’ largest Asia-Pacific satellite.