The Power of MEO
Since 2014, our O3b satellite constellation has shown that the future of global connectivity lies in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). In 2022, we’re building on its success with the launch of O3b mPOWER, an industry first for scale, flexibility, and performance.
Understanding what’s new on MEO with O3b mPOWER
|O3b MEO||O3b mPOWER||Why you should care|
|20-satellite constellation||Constellation of 11 next-generation, software-based satellites||Fewer satellites means less network complexity, while software-defined satellites enable unprecedented flexibility|
|10 mechanically steerable user beams per satellite||Thousands of electrically generated possible beams||Our services can grow anywhere, even where connections are constantly in motion.|
|2 gateway beams per satellite||Any beam can be used as a gateway beam||Any user terminal can upload huge amounts of data in the return path, perfect for industrial use and government surveillance.|
|Throughput scales from hundreds of Mbps to 1.5 Gbps||Throughput scales from tens of Mbps to multiple Gbps.||Achieve previously impossible high throughput links with O3b mPOWER.
Start small and grow with us as your demand evolves.
|9 fixed, SES-managed gateways||8 SES-managed gateways, plus customer-managed gateways in custom locations||Whether for regulatory compliance or the privacy, security and enhanced control of placing a MEO gateway within your own premises, customer-owned gateways unlock more opportunities.|
|Few user terminals per industry||Terminals available in many more sizes and form factors||More terminal choices open up even more use cases and reduce engineering complexities.|
A satellite sweet spot
8,000 km above Earth, MEO is high enough to reach 96% of the globe and low enough to guarantee low latency and high throughput up to multiple gigabits of uncontended capacity.
Tried and tested
Since 2014, SES has used MEO to connect countries, secure governments, and transform enterprises. O3b mPOWER is the next evolution.
Advances in space, ground, and software technology mean Ob3 mPOWER delivers unprecedented flexibility, scale, and performance.
Why Orbit Matters
Orbit depends on your needs and budget: do you need a quick response time, a wide reach, and/or to optimize costs?
|Altitude latency||High||Low||Very Low|
|Earth Coverage||Very Large||Large||Small|
|Satellites Required for Global Service||Three||Six||Thousands|
|Data Gateways||Few, fixed||Regional, flexible locations||Local, many in fixed locations|
|Satellite Handovers||None||Once per hour||Every 10 minutes, may require gateways handover|