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US DOD Partners with SES to Secure O3b MEO Services

By | June 5, 2018
Artistic rendering of O3b's MEO satellite constellation

Artistic rendering of O3b’s MEO satellite constellation. Photo Credit: O3b Networks

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, has signed a single-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), low-latency, High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services. The total amount of all orders placed against the BPA cannot exceed $516.7 million over a five-year period of performance from May 1 this year to April 30, 2023.

With this agreement, DOD customers will have the opportunity to access SES’ O3b MEO services worldwide. The BPA scope of work covers managed services, including HTS capacity and broadband services, gateway services, and monitoring and control services, as well as satellite terminals, field service representative support, training and terrestrial backhaul.

SES GS currently provides more than five Gbps of MEO HTS capability to 18 different U.S. government sites worldwide. U.S. government customers have access to 16 O3b MEO satellites. In 2021, these end users will have access to O3b mPower, the company’s next-generation satellite-based communications system.