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SES to launch next-gen satellites in PH by first quarter of 2023

Satellite and ground communications solutions provider SES has promised to provide high-speed and low-latency broadband internet in the country starting early next year through its second-generation medium earth orbit satellites.

SES said its new O3b mPOWER satellites would deliver high-speed and low-latency broadband internet to power digital inclusion and connect the unconnected in the Philippines.

Launch date of the first O3b mPOWER satellites is scheduled by the third quarter of the year, and is targeted for launch in the Philippines by the first quarter of 2023.

“We have more than 70 satellites in the world operating right now. We are launching an additional 11 satellites, the first six will be in 2022 and these will be operational in 2023,” said Rob Marabut, SES Philippines director for business development networks.

“Once the gateway is set up and the satellites are operational, we will be operational in the Philippines,” he added.

Marabut said SES would establish a single gateway that could provide services to the entire country.

“It’ll have to be in an area where it’s clear of obstruction and that will allow the antennas on the gateway to be able to see the mPOWER satellites,” Marabut said.

Marabut said SES is working with a couple of local mobile operators and service providers for its upcoming O3b mPOWER communications system.