Network solutions firm Marlink signed a multi-million-euro agreement that will give its customers access to SES’ next-generation system of satellites.
Under the agreement, Marlink customers will gain access to SES’ medium earth orbit constellation (MEO) of satellites known as O3b mPOWER, enabling dedicated connectivity services to customers with data-intensive needs.
The system is scheduled to launch soon and become operational by the end of the year. O3b mPOWER is an upgrade over the previous first-generation iteration O3b MEO, through its use of software to deliver coverage and speeds of megabits to multiple gigabits per second. It will be augmented by Marlink’s Smart Network solutions, and in turn, Marlink will be able to enhance its hybrid network solutions and offer customers differentiated and secure connectivity products.
Customers earmarked to benefit from this deal are those in the humanitarian, energy, enterprise, mining, government, maritime sectors as well as superyacht customers. Customers in these segments require high download speeds and low latency to remain operational in remote locations.
Marlink Group chief executive Erik Ceuppens said, “At Marlink we are driven by technology progress and committed to bring the full power of a connected and digital world to our customers’ remote workplaces. This is why we are so excited to extend our long-term partnership with SES and to bring the game changing high-throughput low-latency capabilities of O3b mPOWER as part of Marlink’s Smart Network solutions to our most demanding customers in all our market verticals.”
SES CEO Steve Collar added: “Fast, flexible connectivity represents an opportunity for all businesses – especially those operating in remote locations. Marlink’s customers understand the strategic need for excellent connectivity, and the value of digitalisation. SES’s high-throughput, low-latency data connectivity represents a future-proof solution for these operators.”