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GVF and SES Networks expand training with new course on MEO satellites

(28 November 2017 - GVF) SES Networks, GVF, and SatProf announce completion of a three-course, online, interactive training curriculum for SES Networks’ customers and service providers. The curriculum was developed by SatProf in collaboration with SES Networks experts for delivery via the established GVF program, which now counts over 14,000 students.

The first course, O3b 731, Introduction to O3b, introduces SES’s fleet of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites in the context of a multi-orbit systems to a general audience and describes the operation of the constellation and the services it enables. It is open and available to pre-approved participants for a nominal tuition fee and is included as part of the GVF subscription plan.

The second course, O3b 732, Advanced System Fundamentals, teaches in-depth details of the system to technically-advanced students. Topics such as network configurations for SES’s MEO satellite constellation, beam configuration and management, ground equipment, and network and system management are covered in detail. It is intended for technical experts in authorized customer and partner organizations. The course is offered for a reasonable tuition rate, but students must be pre-approved by SES Networks.

The third course, O3b 733, O3b Site Survey Techniques, trains field technicians in the specialized knowledge and skills needed to install a multi-antenna MEO ground system site. The course includes an augmented-reality (AR) mobile app as well as a 3D interactive antenna location planning tool for notebook computers. SES Networks’ pre-approval is required to participate.

The recent release of the O3b 732 course completes the three course MEO-focused curriculum. Follow-on courses in specialized topics are planned.

“The collaboration with SatProf and GVF has enabled us to better equip satellite communications engineers with new understanding on the fibre-like connectivity we provide, and the technical skills to install a MEO ground terminals and configure MEO networks. The excellent training offered will enlarge the pool of professionals that we can work with and guarantee the premium level of service that we have been providing,” said Gary Boyle, VP, Services Strategy, Products & Development, Global Services.

“The online courses are an important, integrated part of our overall SES Networks training program,” said Royce Adams, Technical Training Lead, SES Networks. “We rely on SatProf not only to build online courses and deploy them with GVF, but to apply their engineering expertise in the instructional design process in support of our own subject matter experts.”

“Our on-staff learning content developers, who are satcom engineers, incorporated our most advanced interactive, 3-D learning delivery techniques into the O3b course series,” said Ralph Brooker, President, SatProf. “The excellent working relationship with SES Networks has resulted in a course series we believe will serve not only SES staff and customers, but GVF students around the world.”

“This program is a great example of GVF supporting its member companies with customized training that integrates with our global training and certification program,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General, GVF.

The O3b courses are available through SES Networks or can be found directly in the GVF training catalog. The Andrew Werth Scholarship discount for developing country and UN/NGO students applies to the courses.

GVF is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry. Founded in 1997, it brings together organizations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide. Headquartered in London, GVF is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization with members from every major region of the world. The broad-based membership represents every major world region and every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG).

SatProf, Inc. is staffed by veteran satellite ground equipment, earth station, and systems engineers. The company develops the content for and administers the GVF training program, and offers standard and custom technical e-learning material and engineering support for satellite installers, technicians, engineers, and managers.