Momentous Occasion as First Four O3b Satellites Are Successfully Launched

  Momentous Occasion as First Four O3b Satellites Are Successfully Launched

Business Wire

FRENCH GUIANA -- June 25, 2013

In the early evening of 25^th June 2013, O3b’s first four satellites roared
skyward aboard the Arianespace 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.

O3B Liftoff (Photo: Business Wire)

O3B Liftoff (Photo: Business Wire)

O3b is deploying 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. 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.

John W. Dick, O3b Chairman, said:

“Today, a life-changing journey has begun for many of the remaining
unconnected and underserved regions of the world. In only a few years, we have
designed and launched a revolutionary system; one that will transform the way
communications are handled in many of the world’s underserved markets. Working
with our customers, O3b will open up a new and exciting world to billions of
people who, up to now, have not experienced the benefits of fast Internet
connectivity and who, as a result, are not on a level playing field.”

A second group of four O3b satellites will be launched in September,
completing the first phase in O3b’s constellation and ahead of the launch of
the company's service later in the year. The O3b system is scalable, designed
to allow additional satellites to be launched and slotted into the system,
increasing capacity elegantly and simply as demand inexorably grows.

Steve Collar, O3b CEO, said:

“So much has happened already in O3b’s short life but this launch is the start
of something extraordinary. Tonight we celebrate and then return our unerring
focus to deliver the promise that we have made to our fabulous, pioneering
customers around the world.”

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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