O3b Networks and Interactive E Solutions Ink $100m Deal to Revolutionize Broadband Connectivity Across Pakistan

  O3b Networks and Interactive E Solutions Ink $100m Deal to Revolutionize
  Broadband Connectivity Across Pakistan

Business Wire

ST. HELIER, Jersey & ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- March 12, 2013

With the launch of the first four satellites in O3b Networks’ satellite fleet
only 78 days away, O3b announced today a strategic agreement with Pakistan’s
largest ICT company Interactive Esolutions. Using multiple O3b beams to
provide coverage of the entire country, Interactive will be providing a full
suite of services in Pakistan, including trunking services to underserved
regions, cellular backhaul for mobile operators and enterprise and
e-government services across the country.

O3b Networks will deliver fiber-like speed at sub 150 millisecond latency and
affordable prices, opening the door to new applications and growth
opportunities for customers in Pakistan.

Mr. Shahid Mahmud, Chairman/CEO Interactive Group said, “We are extremely
excited about this agreement as we strongly believe that the Pakistani market
offers immense appetite for bandwidth and data. Our customer base varies from
Telecom operators to large and small enterprise across the country. We
anticipate great demand in the Oil & Gas sector, Health, Education, Shipping
and Government sectors. We are happy that Interactive will be contributing to
the growth of broadband through this state of the art technology. We firmly
believe that together we will usher in a new era of Internet usage
proliferating the positive effects of connectivity amongst the people of

“We are honored to support Interactive Group in continuing their history of
technical innovation and service to Pakistan,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b
Networks. “Pakistan, with its burgeoning population and growing economy is in
desperate need for state of the art communications infrastructure. By
overcoming the geographical hurdles presented by mountainous terrain, working
together with Interactive we can ensure that broadband connectivity is
available across the entire country.”

O3b’s unique eight satellite, Medium-Earth-Orbit fleet enables affordable,
high-speed connectivity in places where traditional satellite and fiber
offerings are unavailable or extremely costly.

About Interactive E Solutions, JLT (an Interactive Group Company)

Interactive Group is the leading ICT provider in Pakistan and provides a vast
portfolio of products and services in the ICT domain to the public and
corporate sector in Pakistan. Interactive has undertaken large
telecommunications infrastructure project like establishing Paktel Limited
with Cable & Wireless; now Zong a China Mobile a cellular company, first
Nationwide VSAT networks for the Public sector, free to air TV channels over
satellite; National Police ICT infrastructure; building tens of data centers;
a public safety network that interconnects all the police stations in Pakistan
amongst others. Interactive Group’s Ultimate purpose is “To solve pressing
issues of society” by leveraging technology to address the challenges of the
21^st century.

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider building a
next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet
service providers, and 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 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


O3b Networks
Luisa Sorrentino, +31 629508524
VP, Marketing Communications
Country Manager Interactive Group
Nadeem Safdar
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