Leading Colombian fibre optic networks service provider Integra Multisolutions (IMS) is to use SES’s satellite-based trunking services to enable it to extend and enhance fibre-like connectivity for Colombian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants located out of the reach of terrestrial infrastructure.
Satellite operator SES announced that the new service will begin on SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) constellation. It will migrate onto O3b mPOWER, SES’s next-generation MEO system (a rendition of which is pictured above), in 2022 when service will expand to additional cities.
The first site to be connected will be Puerto Leguizamo, a municipality in the Putumayo Department in the southern border region of the country. SES and IMS will go on to deliver service to other sparsely populated cities across Colombia that experience poor or inconsistent connectivity.
SES says its Trunk mPOWERED service will equip IMS to enable local internet service providers to serve a combination of enterprise, residential, MNO and civilian government projects.
IMS was founded in 2016. Since then it has become the main partner for all the small and medium internet service providers in Colombia. Currently IMS has more than 100,000 kilometres of fibre available throughout Colombia.
IMS is among the first companies in Latin America to sign up for the O3b mPOWER system, which can deliver low-latency, high-speed, uncontended services – from tens of megabits to multiple gigabits per second – to a single site.