According to a press release by SES, the company has announced a continued partnership with Ivanhoe Mines. The extended partnership will enable the ongoing Kanoa-Kakula Copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to continue harnessing high-speed satellite-based connectivity services. Subsequently, the renewed partnership is anchored on the five-year relationship between the two companies. In addition, this partnership comes when substantial investments in low-latency, high-capacity solutions are increasing in the African mining industry.
The O3b constellation is boosting high-throughput and low-latency connectivity services, enabling the DRC mining company to implement new services and applications that will improve workers’ safety, digitalise operations and maximise profitability through increased agility and automation. In addition, operators and stakeholders can balance connectivity as needed throughout the mining process, establishing that assets have the appropriate bandwidth.
“We are proud to continue delivering reliable high-speed connectivity to DRC’s mining industry through our O3b high-throughput and low-latency connectivity services, enabling mining companies to implement new services and applications to improve workers’ safety, digitalise operations and maximise profitability through increased agility and automation.” Caroline Kamaitha, Vice President of Sales Africa SES, expressed.
According to Anil Udayabhanu, Head of Technology at Kamoa Copper, the long-standing partnership with SES is instrumental in improving all staff’s profitability, safety and welfare. In addition, O3b connectivity services will significantly help leverage the latest applications, communicate in real-time and maximise productivity.
With the launch of 03b mPower satellites, there are now 5,000 electronic beams per satellite instead of the traditional ten beams, and 50,000 beams to cater for customer needs as well as an unprecedented connectivity speed of around ten megabits per second to 10 gigabits per second to deliver high-end infrastructure services with a single link. In addition, the SES space brain, Hulk, will operate the network autonomously.
Furthermore, 03b mPower satellites are designed to be an open architecture, a platform created to promote innovative solutions for the industry and encourage vendors and partners to invest. Correspondingly, the satellites possess massive return bandwidth that enables easy access and gathering of big data and gateways for customers to access and create a personal touch to the satellite systems.
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