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NTT, SES collaborate to expand edge computing and 5G capabilities over 190 countries

NTT, SES collaborate to expand edge computing and 5G capabilities over 190 countries

NTT Limited, a global network service solutions provider, has teamed up with SES, an operator of a multi-orbit constellation of satellites, to deliver reliable connectivity to enterprises. The companies will combine edge computing capabilities, private 5G solutions, and satellite technology to deliver coverage to more than 190 countries and areas lacking a terrestrial network. 

As part of the collaboration, the solution combines NTT’s edge-as-a-service and SES’s second-generation medium earth orbit communication system, O3b mPOWER. The satellite-based connectivity solution will service various industries, including energy, mining, manufacturing, and industrial. Experts believe this will be an opportunity for enterprise customers in countries where the 5G spectrum is not yet ready, enabling smooth digital transformation at a global scale. 

“We are excited to embark on this journey with SES, combining our collective expertise to help businesses digitally transform and scale,” says Miriam Murphy, CEO Europe at NTT Ltd. “As organizations grapple with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, it is now more important than ever to leverage the power of technology to drive growth and innovation.”

NTT provides its Edge-as-a-Service capabilities and helps its customer through use-case consulting, design, application development, system integration, implementation, and managed services. The Edge-as-a-Service includes IoT, edge computing, and private 5G connectivity, which is delivered in an integrated manner, enabling businesses to deploy their edge applications efficiently. 

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In 2014, SES launched its O3b MEO constellation intended to demonstrate the ability to the expansion of global connectivity through medium earth orbit. Later in December 2022, the company launched its next-generation of MEO satellite constellation– O3b mPOWER, which operates around 8000 km above the earth’s surface. 

SES launched two O3b mPOWER satellites by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which claims to provide a roundtrip latency of fewer than 150 milliseconds. The O3b mPOWER satellite is designed to address the growing demand for connectivity in different industries as companies seek a future with connected devices. Some early signups for this technology were Microsoft, Jio Platforms, Orange, and Vodafone Cook Islands. 

“This partnership between NTT and SES is an industry-first milestone at the whole industry level, combining massive amounts of expertise that both companies are bringing in each field, and the joint value proposition is ahead of the curve in terms of added value that will be provided to customers,” says Alejandro Cadenas, associate vice president of EMEA Telco Mobility Research, IDC.

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