O3b launches satellite to connect remote areas to internet

The Hague based O3b has deployed a revolutionary new network that combines the reach of satellite with the speed of fiber, bringing high speed, low cost connectivity to billions of people across emerging markets who have never had access to this level of connectivity before.

O3b’s network

In the early evening of 25 June 2013, O3b’s first four satellites roared skyward aboard the Ariane space Soyuz launch vehicle. A few short hours later, first contact was made with O3b’s gateway in Hawaii, confirming the birth of the satellite industry’s newest and most innovative operator.

Customers witnessing the launch included Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, O3b’s first Maritime customer, Telecom Cook Islands, who will receive the first commercial signals across the network this summer and Maju Nusa, soon to roll out a state of the art 3G backhaul network in Malaysia built on O3b’s low latency capacity. A second group of four O3b satellites will be launched in September.

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. Its operational headquarters are in the Netherlands. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Source: O3b Networks