Kcell, SES demo O3b satellite-enabled remote mobile services

26 May 2022

Kazakh mobile operator Kcell and satellite connectivity provider SES have demonstrated satellite-enabled 3G/4G cellular network services in remote parts of Kazakhstan utilising SES’s O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites to enable low latency and high speed internet access. Tests examined potential signal delays caused by weather conditions as well as the handover process between the O3b satellites, with further assessment for quality of experience in the end-user testing phase. A press release stated that bandwidth was established according to Kcell’s throughput requirements at 50Mbps for 4G and 30Mbps for 3G, while it was noted that latency was five times lower than on the existing geostationary satellite platform.