Wiseband and Rivada aim to bring secure LEO connectivity to Middle East

Wiseband and Rivada aim to bring secure LEO connectivity to Middle East

Wiseband, an Emirati satellite services company, is partnering with Rivada Space Networks, a global network company launching a constellation of 600 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to enable secure, global connectivity for governments and enterprises, to bring secure connectivity solutions to the Middle East region.

Based in the UAE and operating across the Middle East and Africa, Wiseband provides customised private satellite networking solutions which are designed to meet high-performance and stringent security requirements. The company currently has connectivity projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt.

Rivada's global low-latency point-to-point orbital network, the OuterNET is a next-generation constellation combining inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard processing to provide what are described as unique routing and switching capabilities and create an optical mesh network in space.

This orbital network, in which data stays in space from origin to destination, creates an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole coverage, offering end-to-end latencies lower than terrestrial fibre over similar long distances. In addition, by routing traffic on a physically separated network, it provides a layer of defence for any organisation that needs to securely share data between widely distributed sites.

For enterprise and government communications, Rivada says its OuterNET will provide an easy-to-deploy network with higher bandwidth and improved security for resilient and more reliable communications services.

Ahmed Hassan, CEO of Wiseband, explains: "Wiseband is looking to tap onto Rivada Space Networks' highly secure point-to-point secure communications network to provide advanced and customisable secure solutions to our existing enterprise customers and to develop the emerging markets in the Middle East.”

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