SES Networks announces partnerships

SES has introduced ALCAN, Isotropic Systems and Viasat as new technology partners for O3b mPOWER, SES Networks´ groundbreaking satellite-based communications system, the company said.

The three companies have been contracted by SES to develop smart, high-throughput terminal solutions, a building block in the system´s ground infrastructure innovation roadmap.

Developed with technology partners, O3b mPOWER Customer Edge Terminals (CET) will combine innovative steerable antenna technology with functionality spanning modem, networking and edge compute capabilities. The O3b mPOWER CET will deliver advanced network capability in form factors optimized for market specific cost, performance and power that are quick and simple to install, a key part of the strategy to scale SES Networks´ proven Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) system for mass connectivity.

ALCAN, Isotropic Systems and Viasat each have unique, innovative and alternative approaches for the antenna technology, enabling SES Networks and its O3b mPOWER ecosystem with the best possible solutions for its customer market needs. This development strategy plays a critical role in making it faster, easier and more affordable to expand service reach for both SES Networks and its customers in the dynamic mobility, fixed data and government markets.

O3b mPOWER creates a unique ecosystem of technology partners in space segment, ground infrastructure and software innovation. In addition to accelerating time to market for new technologies that bring scale to SES Networks, this approach to working together with industry partners in an open, collaborative, standards-based ecosystem will help make satellite a more seamless and mainstream part of global, cloud-scale data networking.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks.

The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and Internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES´s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at: www.ses.com

ALCAN Systems is a German-based smart antenna technology start-up which has developed the revolutionary new liquid crystal (LC) enabled phased array technology. The technology is based on the work of ALCAN co-Founder and CEO Dr. Onur Karabey who proved the viability of LC based phased array antennas in 2011. The company also received seed funding of EUR 650,000 in 2014 from the EXIST Transfer of Research Program of German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to commercialise the research and accelerate the development of a working prototype.

ALCAN raised a further EUR 7.5 million Series A funding in 2017 from a consortium of global companies and is now focused on bringing its first product to market in 2018. For more information, please contact Esat Sibay, CFO at ALCAN Systems, E-mail:press@alcansystems.com www.alcansystems.com

Isotropic Systems is developing the world´s first multi-service, high-bandwidth, low power, fully integrated high throughput terminal designed to support the satellite industry to ´reach beyond´ traditional markets and acquire new customers with a full suite of high throughput services. The company´s team of industry experts and scientists has pioneered several firsts in satellite terminal design. For more information visit www.isotropicsystems.com.

Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people´s lives anywhere they are–on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com.