Marlink bolsters VSAT capacity with SES deal

Marlink is adding an additional one gigabyte of capacity to its network from SES’s O3b satellite network to serve customers in the energy sector, following a new agreement between the companies.

Marlink says it is experiencing increased demand across its energy portfolio and aims to maintain the high-bandwidth Service Level Agreements common in the sector using software-defined network (SD-WAN) technologies to prioritise applications and keep assets and users connected. Its hybrid network combines GEO and MEO satellites, which can be augmented with LEO and terrestrial 4G/5G coverage.

Since the beginning of 2022, Marlink and SES have been collaborating on seven energy projects across Africa, providing a hybrid network system using SES’s O3b satellites that will be upgraded next year to include SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites, O3b mPOWER.

“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.”

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