Connectivity in Central Africa will receive a major boost as Orange will be the first global telecom operator to blend satellite-based revolutionary terabit-scale O3b mPOWER communications system into its network. The move is to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa.
Orange is on track to adopt the SES’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite communications system, to expedite its consumer and business services. Orange has had partnership deals with SES since 2017, and has been a user of SES’s current generation O3b MEO managed services since then, with an extensive market in Africa and the Middle East.
“We are thrilled to be partners and early adopters of this innovation with SES, and to be able to offer high-quality connectivity in the most remote locations of the Central African Republic. This longstanding partnership fully aligns with our mission of building smarter and open networks to bridge the digital divide in Africa, and to increase the speed and geographic reach of our network,” announced Jean-Luc Vuillemin, Executive Vice President of Orange International Networks Infrastructures and Services.
JP Hemingway, the CEO of SES Networks said the current deal signals a critical milestone for both companies and also for the broader industry.
“With the innovative O3b mPOWER system, Orange and SES are revolutionising the telco market, and the way networks can be extended and improved. With its ability to power a wide range of telecommunications needs, including cellular backhaul and high-performance cloud connectivity, O3b mPOWER – together with other terrestrial infrastructure – is key to connecting remote and underserved regions in the most economically viable way”, he concluded.