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SSi Canada, SES Networks deliver new satellite capacity in North Canada

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SSi Canada, a developer-operator of QINIQ broadband and SSi Mobile services in Nunavut, and SES Networks have a formed a partnership to deliver new satellite capacity in North Canada.

All 25 communities of Nunavut will benefit from the multi-year agreement and added capacity, a need further driven by the Covid-19 crisis leading to an unprecedented need for reliable internet and mobile communications as more locals work and study from home.

“We are excited to partner with SES Networks to bring this much needed capacity to Canada’s North,” said Jeff Philipp, CEO and founder of SSi.

“As a global operator, SES Networks understands the challenges faced by underserved regions of the world and SSi’s ongoing commitment to overcome these challenges. SES Networks is certainly the right partner at the right time.”

Under the new agreement, SSi Canada will gain a significant increase in its satellite capacity, enhancing its ability to better serve customers and futureproof its offerings. The new SES-SSi satellite footprint covers more than Nunavut, enabling further connectivity improvements across various parts of Canada.

“Thanks to timely regulatory approvals from the Canadian Government, we are now working hard to bring this new capacity online as quickly as possible,” continued Philipp.

“This is an essential step to ensure continuity of QINIQ broadband, and we look forward to expanding our network offerings and capabilities in the coming months and years as we work to deliver on the Government’s goal of broadband connectivity for every Canadian, no matter where they live.”

SES has delivers data services across Canada in a variety of spectrum bands over its satellite fleet. Its C-band offerings are capable of providing the capacity needed for communities and businesses in Canada to maintain and strengthen their communications infrastructure.

“For years we’ve been providing services to Northern Canada and know that the digital divide is challenging for people living in remote and rural areas,” said Omar Trujillo, vice president of sales, fixed data Americas at SES Networks.

“Canada’s bold vision to connect every citizen to broadband this decade aligns with the innovative solutions SSi Canada has been providing to its customers for years. We are happy to bring our expertise of operating more than 70 geostationary and medium earth orbit satellites to help SSi Canada scale up their backbone, ensuring that the remote communities in Nunavut are at the forefront in achieving the 50/10 Mbps threshold.”

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