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Rivada Space Networks partners with Wiseband for secure Middle East connectivity
Tue, 9th Jan 2024

Rivada Space Networks, a global company set to launch a constellation of 600 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites for secure, worldwide connectivity, has formed a partnership with Emirati satellite services company, Wiseband. The aim of this collaboration is to facilitate secure connectivity solutions in the Middle East region.

Wiseband, headquartered in the UAE and serving across the Middle East and Africa, offers tailored private satellite networking solutions to meet high-performance demands and strict security protocols. The company is currently working on connectivity projects in the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, and Egypt.

Rivada's global orbiting network, the OuterNet, utilises innovative inter-satellite laser links mixed with superior onboard processing. This one-of-a-kind constellation provides innovative routing and switching capabilities while creating an optical mesh network in space. Notably, data remains in space from its origin to its final destination on this network, offering an ultra-secure satellite network with pole-to-pole coverage. The OuterNET ensures lower end-to-end latencies than terrestrial fibre over similar long distances and provides a layer of defence for organisations requiring secure data transfer across widely distributed sites.

The OuterNET will provide an easily deployable network with increased bandwidth and enhanced security for reliable and resilient communications services, benefiting both Enterprise and Government communications. Rivada Space Networks aims to highlight the OuterNET at the upcoming Middle East Space Conference, in Oman.

According to Wiseband's CEO, Ahmed Hassan, "[Wiseband] is looking to tap onto Rivada Space Networks' highly secure point-to-point secure communications network to provide advanced and customizable secure solutions". He also predicts that the OuterNET, essentially a private network in space, will play a significant role in advancing the enterprise and government sectors not only in the Middle East, but globally as well.

Declan Ganley, CEO of Rivada Space Networks, expressed excitement over the partnership with Wiseband, citing the company's extensive history and expertise in the Middle East's telecoms sector. Ganley said, "As a completely new type of LEO constellation, the OuterNET can provide the Middle East region with a next-generation infrastructure for secure, resilient communications and network expansion."

Rivada Space Networks is showcasing the OuterNET at the Middle East Space Conference, in Oman from 8th-10th January. Ganley will participate in the panel exploring how new satellite networks can play an essential role in bringing connectivity to the Middle East and the prospects for satellite communications services in the region.

Rivada Space Networks GmbH is deploying the first true "OuterNET": a global low latency point-to-point connectivity network of LEO satellites. By connecting its satellites with lasers, Rivada Space Networks will provide resellers and B2B customers with the ability to securely connect any two points on the globe with low latency and high bandwidth.