Satellite operators Rivada Space Networks and IEC Telecom have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enable what are described as innovative connectivity solutions for a number of purposes – including remote and humanitarian communications.
IEC Telecom is an international satellite service operator offering satellite communication solutions to governments, public institutions, and enterprises across the world. It provides remote communications on land where GSM coverage is not available and delivers dependable communication for humanitarian operations and special missions. It also specialises in digitalization for the maritime industry and back-up for urban networks to ensure business continuity.
The communications landscape is developing rapidly with providers now able to offer first-generation low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity. However, Rivada Space Networks says it will provide the first true OuterNET, a global, low-latency point-to-point connectivity network of LEO satellites. This next-generation architecture, it says, combines inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard data routers to create an optical mesh network in space.
Rivada says that this approach to ‘orbital networking’, where data stays in space, enables access to an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole reach, offering end-to-end latencies similar to or better than terrestrial fibre. By routing traffic on a physically separated network, Rivada provides a layer of defence for any organization that needs to securely share data over long distances.
For the humanitarian sector, IEC Telecom will leverage Rivada’s OuterNET to provide leading NGO agencies with enhanced connectivity for the coordination of humanitarian efforts, the safety of remote workers, the security of NGO assets, and the sustainability of long-term operations.
IEC Telecom will also use OuterNET to provide enhanced ICT infrastructure for the maritime environment.
Rivada’s constellation will consist of 600 satellites interconnected via laser links. The solution will offer integrated core and edge connectivity over a single, global private network in space. The first satellite launch is set for 2025, with global service starting in 2026.