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O3b opens Peru ground station

Satellite company O3b has opened a satellite ground station in Peru, in preparation for its launch and service commencement in 2014.

Located at a Telefonica facility in Lurin, south of Lima, it will provide Launch and Early Operations (LEOP) support, as well as serve as the gateway for customer network services.

Under control of O3b’s Network Operations Center (NOC) in Manassas, Virginia, the Peru Gateway will track the O3b satellites through the sky, as each satellite passes over the site four times per day.

It includes the telemetry and commanding systems needed to control the satellites during early stages of launch and completed integration with the Satellite Operations Center (SOC).

Operating in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), the O3b network will deliver broadband connectivity to markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

O3b CEO Steve Collar said, “Latin America is a market with huge potential. Mobile networks and mobile infrastructure have exploded in recent years and many Latin American governments have made a commitment to rural broadband. There is a very strong link between broadband penetration and social and economic development. Andean nation governments are leading the world in their commitment to rural broadband.”

“We are delighted to partner with Telefonica at this state-of-the-art Gateway here in Lurin. Through this teleport we will access the Andean region as well as the Caribbean, Central America and parts of the Amazon, delivering broadband connectivity over satellite with the speed and performance of fibre. We look forward to delivering our affordable, middle-mile and backhaul connectivity to telecommunications operators and internet service providers across Peru and the wider region.”

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