O3b’s New Satellite Constellation to Provide High Speed Connectivity to South Sudan

  O3b’s New Satellite Constellation to Provide High Speed Connectivity to
  South Sudan

     Improved connectivity for customers in and around the capital, Juba

Business Wire

ST. HELIER, Jersey, Channel Islands -- July 8, 2013

Following the successful launch of O3b’s first four satellites, O3b Networks
today announced a major long-term capacity deal to provide high-speed,
low-latency capacity to RCS-Communication, a most respected company and the
leading Internet Service Provider in the world’s newest nation, the Republic
of South Sudan.

Juba is home to more than 300,000 people who until now had limited broadband
connectivity. By delivering highly affordable and ubiquitous bandwidth with
the performance and speed of fiber, the region will enjoy much improved
connectivity, spurring both economic growth and social development. This will
benefit a broad range of customers, including corporates and Non-Governmental
Organisations.

Flippie Odendal, Managing Director, RCS-Communication said: "RCS is always on
the lookout for new technology solutions that can enhance their service
offering. Though fiber options are being considered for South Sudan, we do not
currently have fiber connectivity in country. Our WiMAX network in Juba
connects to the Internet backbone via geostationary satellite solutions which
are reliable, but when compared to fiber offers latency challenges. We believe
that O3b brings something new to the satellite industry that uniquely
addresses this limitation. O3b will enable us to offer higher speeds and a
more responsive user experience to our WiMAX clients."

Omar Trujillo, Regional VP Africa & LatAm, O3b said: “High speed data
communications have the potential to accelerate economic growth supporting
entrepreneurship and multinational commerce. We are proud to provide RCS with
connectivity to enable the growth of the new nation of South Sudan.”

The announcement follows the successful launch of O3b’s first four satellites
at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana on June 25, 2013. The O3b network
will deliver broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of
latitude north and south of the equator. O3b’s vast coverage area includes
emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the
Middle East, Asia and Australia, with a collective population of over 3
billion people.

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited (www.o3bnetworks.com) 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.

About RCS-Communication

RCS-Communication (www.rcs-communication.com) is a professional ICT
(Information Communication Technologies) company for businesses and
organisations looking for a service provider that understands the terrain,
accepts responsibility for performance and ensures future-relevance for
clients in a fast-changing world. It offers a wide range of Internet
Connectivity-, Networking-, Radio-, Energy Saving- and Mobile Satellite
Solutions in partnership with selected suppliers and service partners. RCS
combines in-country experience across East- and Central Africa, offering
international best practises and a proven track record for delivering projects
in challenging environments to specification and within agreed timeframes.

Contact:

Brunswick PR
Marleen Geerlof, Chris Buscombe
+ 44 (0)207 404 5959
O3b@brunswickgroup.com
 
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