KT SAT, Korea’s national satellite communications services provider, and Rivada Space Networks have signed an MoU to provide next-generation connectivity for customers, enabling expansion in Asia Pacific and beyond.

KT SAT will deploy Rivada’s outernet, a unique space-based network in low earth orbit, to provide ultra-secure connectivity to enterprise, government and maritime companies looking for scalable and resilient solutions for their expanding networks.

With Asia’s subsea cables, which carry much of the world’s data, increasingly becoming a focal point of geopolitical tensions, the region now, more than ever, needs resilient infrastructure, which is fast, secure, and reliable.

For enterprise and government customers, the key attributes of the outernet are ideal for a variety of applications, for example, to give banks and global companies secured networks with distributed offices, provide significantly more bandwidth for oil and gas exploration than is available today, enable seamless connectivity for shipping and fleet management, or provide 5G satellite backhaul connectivity network expansion for cellular operators.

KT SAT can offer a competitive advantage in existing network services markets by expanding these markets, enabling new opportunities through multi-gigabit bi-directional performance, combined with worldwide reach.

As the first unified global communications network, Rivada’s outernet is transformative. A global low-latency point-to-point network of 600 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, it is a unique next-generation constellation combining inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard processing and routing to create a ubiquitous optical mesh network in space.

This “orbital network,” in which data stays in space from origin to destination, creates an ultra-secure, private satellite network with pole-to-pole coverage, offering end-to-end latencies much lower than terrestrial fibre over long distances.

By routing traffic on a physically separated network, it provides a layer of defence for any enterprise or government organisation that needs to securely share data across Asia and beyond.

Declan Ganley, CEO of Rivada Space Networks, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with KT SAT with their long history and expertise in serving the telecoms sector in Asia Pacific. The outernet will provide secure connectivity and expanded coverage, enabling KT SAT to tap into new markets.

“Our unique infrastructure is what data communications has been waiting for – a game-changing constellation which re-defines connectivity in terms of security, latency, capacity, efficiency, and coverage. As a completely new type of LEO constellation, the outernet can provide the Asia Pacific region with a next-generation infrastructure for secure, resilient communications and network expansion.”
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