The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Selects O3b Networks to Provide Low Latency, High Capacity Satellite

  The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Selects O3b Networks
  to Provide Low Latency, High Capacity Satellite Broadband Starting This
  Year.

New satellite services bring fiber speed and satellite reach at a very
affordable price.

Business Wire

ST. JOHN, Channel Islands & PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- January 17, 2013

The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and O3b Networks have
signed agreements for O3b Networks to provide up to 1.2Gbps of future
broadband connectivity for Internet and other services for American Samoa
starting in 2013.

O3b Networks is launching a Middle Earth Orbit constellation of satellites
that deliver fiber speed and satellite reach for Pacific Island nations.
Because O3b satellites are situated in orbit at only 8062 km over the planet,
they are 4 times closer than the geosynchronous satellites that have served
American Samoa in the past. This proximity dramatically reduces roundtrip
delay for voice calls and web surfing. The O3b constellation will be ready for
service in the third quarter of this year.

Today, the territory is served by a single submarine fiber optic cable. The
performance of the O3b satellite link will be protected by a state of the art,
dual 7.3 meter antenna array at the ASTCA Ili'ili Teleport. The increase in
capacity will enable ASTCA and other service providers to offer more broadband
based services to the residents of American Samoa.

Aleki Sene, Sr., Executive Director of ASTCA said, “This deal marks a
significant improvement in broadband accessibility in American Samoa. The O3b
service diversifies our route with plenty of low latency capacity. ASTCA will
continue to serve customers via our submarine fiber optic commitments on the
ASH cable; however, on the first day the O3b constellation is operational,
ASTCA will double the broadband capacity available to territory residents. The
new capacity will improve network speeds, network reliability, and will
provide redundancy, should the submarine fiber optic system fail.”

One of the reasons for the lack of broadband penetration in American Samoa,
which was surveyed to be at 4.5% Internet penetration, has been the expensive
nature of the backhaul. Both traditional satellite and submarine fiber optic
solutions have been priced well outside of affordable for the local economy.
The agreement between ASTCA and O3b changes the broadband landscape
significantly by bringing fiber optic capacities at prices and terms that are
affordable and economically feasible for the islands' service providers. ASTCA
may extend the benefits of 03b capacity to serve all of Samoa.

John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer for O3b Networks stated, “We are
thrilled to be a part of ASTCA’s plan to provide affordable, state-of-the-art
broadband capacity to all citizens, visitors and businesses in American Samoa.
O3b expects 2013 will mark the beginning of a long and prosperous partnership
with ASTCA.”

About O3b Networks Ltd.

O3b Networks Ltd. 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.
The O3b system will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a
fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly
180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile
connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors are 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. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Contact:

O3b Networks
Vicki Warker
VP, Marketing
+1 202-340-7120
vicki.warker@o3bnetworks.com
www.o3bnetworks.com
 
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