SES Announces Partnership with Patrakom and Onboarding of Palau Telecoms as a Customer

SES-9. Image courtesy of SES.

SES and Patrakom, a provider of telecommunications and network solutions in Indonesia, announced a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” said Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

Launch of New Hybrid Resiliency Service and First Customer, Palau Telecoms

SES also announced a new hybrid resiliency platform to serve the specific needs of telcos, mobile network operators, enterprises and maritime connectivity providers, with Palau Telecoms as its first customer.

The new solution represents fully-managed ‘bandwidth-on-demand’ connectivity, with intelligent routing and resiliency. The multi-orbit approach, which leverages the wide coverage capabilities of Geostationary Earth Orbit satellites and the high throughput capabilities of Medium Earth Orbit satellites, allows “virtually 100% availability of services”, according to its press release.

The fully managed solution is currently available in the Asia-Pacific region, and is provided though a platform equipped to support the most reliable and high performing networks across orbit-diverse connections. The service is planned for rollout across further regions, and complements the site Diversity intelligent routing capability already successfully deployed for many SES Networks customers.

“We are glad to announce that our long-standing partner Palau Telecoms and its customers will be the first to avail of the benefits of this new broadband platform, and we are very excited about the capabilities this new solution will bring. Over the past several years, we have witnessed continued growth in Internet and mobile use in Palau, and are thrilled about the huge impact that quality connectivity makes on local businesses and the economy,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks.

“Satellite network solutions are ideal to help us meet the growing data demand in Palau and bridge the digital divide, as terrestrial infrastructures have limitations, and in some cases are not possible to roll-out. With an Internet penetration rate of around 30%, SES helps us address Palau’s thirst for data and boost the economy,” said Sam Masang, CEO of Palau Telecoms. “MEO-driven connectivity has already been empowering our citizens and businesses over the past several years, and now we are delighted to be the first customer to avail of SES’s hybrid GEO-MEO network.”

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