Thursday, June 18, 2015

O3b Networks Medium Earth Orbit Satellite Solution Selected by Bharti Airtel to provide High Performance International Connectivity to Timor-Leste

Multi-year, Multi-million USD Contract Enables Improved User Experience and New Applications

ST. HELIER, Jersey - Tuesday, June 16th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- O3b Networks today announced a multi-year strategic framework agreement to provide IP trunking services to Bharti Airtel for Timor-Leste.

Because of the rapid growth of the mobile economy in Timor-Leste, a cost effective solution was needed to cope with the growth of 2G services and to deliver the expected higher performance of new 3G services. Bharti Airtel partnered with O3b to deliver a unique satellite service with the performance of fiber at a fraction of the cost and deployment time of undersea cable.

India-based Bharti Airtel has provided a geostationary satellite connection for Timor-Leste for many years, however as end-users have demanded better network performance to their mobile devices, the latency of that traditional geostationary satellite connection did not support the desired user experience. O3b satellites orbit the earth in Medium Earth Orbit, one quarter the distance and one quarter the latency of geostationary satellites. The result is dramatically improved voice, data and video performance on fixed or mobile devices.

Bharti Airtel will use the improved connectivity to support growth of 2G/3G customers across Timor-Leste, replacing the bulk of geostationary-based capacity from other service providers.

John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer for O3b Networks said: “Like the rest of our mobile operator customer base worldwide, Bharti prioritises innovation and refuses to compromise on the overall quality of experience for their customer base. This strategic agreement is a reflection of that commitment.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider offering a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines 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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