O3b Networks to boost broadband in DRC

O3b Networks is to help build the world's first ultra-low-latency, fibre-speed satellite network. One of the locations to be served will be the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where O3b will be partnered by Global Broadband Solution (GBS)...  

O3b Networks is to help develop the world's first ultra-low-latency, fibre-speed satellite network. Location of the contract is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Forming part of a global Internet backbone, the contract will be in partnership with Global Broadband Solution (GBS) a company which specialises in work in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Funded by Google, Liberty Global and HSBC Principal Investments, O3b Networks' Quick Start carrier-managed service provides high-bandwidth, low-latency Internet access directly to GBS. Once connected, GBS will offer more affordable, high-speed Internet access to its customers over its infrastructure, which includes a WiMax network.

The network is designed to improve Internet access for the millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developing markets. Satellite delivery is scheduled for late 2010.

"O3B's Internet backhaul service is a key element in our on-going project to build the first nationwide 4G mobile Internet wireless network in DRC," said Daniel Vanderstraete, President of GBS. "By combining the affordable low-latency bandwidth of O3B and the new 4G mobile WiMAX technology, we are bringing an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility to DRC."

"GBS is one of the pre-eminent service providers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa," said John Finney, EVP Sales and Marketing for O3b Networks, Ltd. "Their long standing experience and knowledge of the African ICT market combined with O3b's low latency, high bandwidth network will ensure broad deployment of robust internet services in the DRC."

* O3b Networks is building a new fibre-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telcos and ISPs in emerging markets. With deployment scheduled for late 2010, the O3b Networks system will combine global reach and the speed of a fibre-optic network. This will allow billions of consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications. O3b HQ is in St John, Jersey, Channel Islands; ground systems and technical development are managed through a wholly owned subsidiary in Englewood, Colorado. 

** GBS specialises in satellite and WiMAX IP solutions, providing turn-key and tailor-made solutions for projects of any size. It operates mainly in sub-Saharan Africa from its local bases in Kinshasa and Gaborone and international base in Brussels.

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