O3b Satellites to Launch Broadband Speed to Billions of Under-Connected
People across the World
The Final Countdown Has Begun
FRENCH GUIANA -- June 23, 2013
O3b Networks, the world’s first fiber-speed, satellite network is launching
its first four satellites in to orbit today.
What started as a visionary idea six years ago in the jungles of Rwanda to
solve the challenge of limited affordable international connectivity, has
become a state of the art satellite network providing billions of people
across Africa, Latin America, The Middle East, Asia and The Pacific access to
fast and affordable internet for the first time.
The first four O3b satellites have been built, tested and are poised at the
top of the Soyuz rocket waiting to be launched in to orbit. O3b’s ground
systems around the world are in place ready to communicate with and operate
the newly launched satellites while O3b staff and customers have gathered at
the Guiana Space Centre for the launch which is scheduled to take place at
15.53, local time (18.53 UTC; 20.53 CEST).
O3b CTO, Brian Holz, said:
“We are ready. The countdown has begun. In a few short hours, our satellites
will be coming over the horizon for the first time. We are very close to
launching a network that has the potential to change lives in very tangible
ways and that is a tremendous feeling.”
O3b’s second four satellites will be launched in September and operations will
start in November.
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, 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 Islands.
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