Smart hybrid network operator provisions additional high-capacity coverage to meet throughput growth across sites in Africa and Middle East
Oslo/Paris and Luxembourg, December 8th, 2022 – Marlink, the smart network solutions company, and SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, have responded to booming energy sector demand by providing an additional one gigabyte of SES’s O3b satellite bandwidth capacity to Marlink customers.
The service now available to Marlink’s energy sector customers makes it possible for them to digitalise rig operations, connect crew with ease and provide heavyweight applications such as videoconferencing, workflow tools and Enterprise Resource Planning, in combination with data collection and proactive cyber security.
Marlink is experiencing increased demand across its energy portfolio and is able to meet highly demanding Service Level Agreements common in the sector using software-defined networks (SD-WAN) to optimise the user experience so that applications do not drop out but are assigned priority that keep assets and users connected.
Marlink’s hybrid network seamlessly combines both GEO and high-performance MEO, which can be augmented with LEO and terrestrial 4G/5G coverage. Used in combination, these services provide a seamless, intelligent data flow to enable customers to work from remote sites as active nodes on the corporate network, enjoying full coverage and connectivity.
Since the beginning of 2022, Marlink and SES have been collaborating on seven major energy projects across Africa, providing a full hybrid network solution leveraging SES’s O3b satellites that will be upgraded next year to include SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites, O3b mPOWER. The framework agreement signed earlier this year between the partners allows Marlink to easily leverage the high performance O3b mPOWER satellite system to deliver uncontended CIR and guaranteed performances to customers in Africa and the Middle East using real-time cloud-based applications.
MEO capacity forms a vital component of the bandwidth blend that we use to meet the very high bandwidth demand of customers in the energy market, said Alexandre de Luca, President, Energy, Enterprise and Government, Marlink. Within our hybrid network, we depend on MEO bandwidth to give users a near-terrestrial experience for the heaviest applications, with smart management of traffic routing and customer priorities.
We are pleased to have further extended our strong relationship with Marlink, helping to keep their customers secure and connected, said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President of Networks Sales, Europe at SES. In addition to its flexibility and high-throughput capacity, O3b mPOWER will allow customers across any market and geography to boost their businesses through digital transformation and unlocking new cloud-based applications.
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system.
By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries ~8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content.
The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.
Marlink is the trusted partner in fully managed smart network solutions, based on an intelligent hybrid network and unrivalled digital solutions.
The company provides Smart Network Solutions, connecting people and assets around the globe and across all markets where conventional connectivity cannot reach or is not available. Marlink’s Intelligent Hybrid Network combines global satcom and terrestrial technologies via a proprietary global infrastructure.
The Marlink Smart Edge, an integrated service delivery platform, orchestrates and optimises all network elements and applications, from data handling and IT to application-based routing (SD Wan), cloud and Digital Solutions, including remote data and IT, cyber security as well as IoT/OT solutions.
This provides customers with full ‘Peace of Mind’ that their chosen network solution is fully optimised, integrated and has the security required to operate more profitably and sustainably, increasing their efficiency and safety through operational optimisation, tracking and routing, monitoring and reporting.
Marlink’s Smart Network Solutions are provided as Managed Services meeting the highest quality standards and service level agreements. The company proactively monitors and supports network solutions, providing alerts, reporting and insights on performance and usage of connectivity, systems, and applications as well as advice and consultancy on how to further optimise customer networks.