United Launch Alliance (ULA) has partnered with SES to launch two C-band satellites as part of the company’s accelerated push to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s objectives to roll out 5G services in the US.
Earlier this year, SES contracted with American companies Northrop Grumman and the Boeing Company to deliver four C-band satellites – these satellites will enable SES to clear 280MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G use while seamlessly migrating SES’s existing C-band customers and ensuring the continued delivery of digital television to nearly 120 million American TV homes and other critical data services.
ULA has been selected to launch the two C-band satellites manufactured by Boeing. The four additional O3b mPOWER satellites will enhance SES’s next-generation MEO constellation throughput and efficiency as well as expand its unique capabilities to deliver connectivity services ranging from 50Mbps to multiple gigabits per second to a single user.
The system will allow telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, enterprises, aircraft and ship operators, and more, to connect with their core network or extend cloud access worldwide.
SES is investing in America through its C-band transition plan and its work with large and small businesses across the country and its selection of Atlas V, an American launch vehicle launched from the American soil underlines that commitment.
Steve Collar, CEO at SES, welcomed the collaboration between ULA and SES, stating, "We are thrilled to be working with ULA again and partnering to meet the FCC’s ambitious timeline for the accelerated clearing of C-band spectrum.
"Clearing mid-band spectrum expeditiously while protecting cable neighborhoods across America is a huge undertaking and one that requires partners that can deliver mission success and schedule assurance."
This was reinforced by Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO, who added, "Atlas V is known for its unmatched level of schedule certainty and reliability and this launch is critical to the timely clearing of C-band spectrum, empowering America’s accelerated implementation of 5G.
"ULA’s legacy of performance, precision and mission design flexibility allow us to deliver a tailored launch service that minimises orbit raising time and perfectly meet our customer’s requirements. We are thrilled to provide this optimised launch solution to SES for this crucial launch."
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world.
As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency medium-Earth orbit O3b system.
With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 140 satellites to orbit that aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, unlock the mysteries of our solar system, provide critical capabilities for troops in the field and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.
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