As the Philippines eases its regulation over foreign satellite operators entering the country, SES along with space consulting firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) is pitching on Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, which they claim could be key to better connectivity throughout the country.

In a virtual conference, the two companies discussed and presented the advantages that come with a higher orbit satellite (MEO) versus Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, similar to what Starlink has and other enterprises that are likewise vying to enter the market.

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MEO satellites, which are typically at 8,000 to 10,000 ranges from the Earth’s surface, offer some advantages over LEO, such as requiring fewer satellites to offer a stable internet, needing fewer gateways, as well as having a higher throughput.

The world’s first and only commercially-viable non-geostationary satellite system, SES’ O3b mPOWER satellites are a tried-and-tested MEO technology that has been in operation since 2014.

SES Director of Business Development Rob Marabut claims that the company’s MEO service is at the “sweet spot,” referring to the extent of the coverage, which includes the entirety of the Philippines.

Source: BusinessWorld

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