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SES Government Solutions rapidly deploys O3b service in response to Hurricane Ian


SES Government Solutions (SES GS) rapidly deployed high-throughput low-latency medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite service and ground terminals to restore broadband connectivity for local communities and first responders in Lee County, Florida, who were impacted by Hurricane Ian.

SES GS, alongside SES and SimbaCom, responded with the deployment of the high-performance connectivity service in support of the AWS Disaster Response program and their standby partner, Help.NGO. The interim service was provided over the affected very large territories in the hours immediately following the major devastation caused by Hurricane Ian in September.

In the wake of Hurricane Ian's landfall in Southwest Florida, SES GS and SimbaCom field teams initiated on-the-ground efforts at the request of AWS Disaster Response, deploying communications infrastructure that leverages SES's global O3b MEO satellite constellation. In the absence of reliable ground connectivity systems due to the severe impact of the hurricane, the MEO satellite-enabled solution allowed the delivery of fiber-like communications service to state agencies and distribution centers for Lee County residents and first responders.

SES GS and partners supported the AWS Disaster Response program by installing interim broadband connectivity to the following Florida community resource sites:

  • Florida Department of Financial Services - Insurance claim processing centers in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte

  • Distribution Centers - Family Initiative in Cape Coral; Community Cooperative in Lee County; and Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT) Center in Fort Myers

  • Fuel Relief Fund - Fuel distribution site providing emergency fuel for first responders and evacuees across Lee County

“The category 4 Hurricane Ian crashed into Southwest Florida with 150-mph winds, leveling communication infrastructure and terrestrial networks on its path,” said SES Government Solutions President and CEO David Fields. “When natural disasters strike, MEO-enabled satellite communications service remains some of the most reliable and rapidly deployable high-performance connectivity to restore broadband links communities need, to get life back to normal. We are immensely humbled to play our part in supporting AWS Disaster Response and providing enhanced fiber-like connectivity for their recovery efforts, with dedicated SLAs for critical life-saving missions.”

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