Satellite operator SES has signed a multi-year capacity renewal deal with operator Claro Brasil, through Embratel, its corporate solutions division, to enable the delivery of enhanced 4G/5G-ready services via its O3b mPOWER network, SES’s next-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) communications system, in at least eight of 23 cities the operator serves via SES’s multi-orbit satellite network across the region.
Under the renewal agreement, Embratel could leverage 4 Gbps over SES’s O3b mPOWER network to extend its high-powered mobile backhaul service to serve more than 260,000 inhabitants of the eight cities in the Amazon region. SES will continue to serve other communities in the region with SES’s geostationary (GEO) satellite-delivered backhaul capacity.
Embratel has relied on an increasing amount of SES satellite services over the past five years to fulfil Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) universal service requirements in support of the communities in the Amazon – the most isolated region in Brazil. Embratel has grown its demand of SES capacity from an initial 250 Mbps serving four towns to 5.5 Gbps of GEO and MEO bandwidth supporting 23 cities.
By leveraging SES’s mPOWERED mobile backhaul service, Embratel would also be able to support 5G networks’ high throughput demand with a solution that is scalable to multiple gigabits per second per location.
According to Embratel, SES’s O3b mPOWER new technology will allow it to extend its company network platform and provide a whole new level of mobile services to customers in some of the most isolated villages and cities in the Amazon region.