How O3b mPower Challenges the Conventional Wisdom of Satellite Networks

Reach, performance and flexibility augmenting the end-to-end fiber infrastructure – this is how SES Networks Executive Vice President Stewart Sanders describes the unique characteristics of the operator’s O3b mPOWER managed network service. Enabled by an upcoming medium-Earth orbit (MEO) constellation, O3b mPOWER is designed as a high-capacity, low-latency, flexible satellite-based data communications system that includes unique ground- and space-segment technologies running on an open “Adaptive Resource Control (ARC)” software solution.

Boeing Satellite Systems is building the first seven O3b mPOWER satellites, which will be capable of supporting thousands of spot beams to provide what is being promoted as “triple the capacity of the upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation.” SpaceX will launch this first batch in 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket, with a second batch right behind it later that same year.

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