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Four more O3b satellites ready for launch

One of the O3b Networks satellites One of the O3b Networks satellites O3b Networks

O3b Networks today announced that its second batch of four Ka-band satellites has begun its journey from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome to the Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana, from where they will be launched in late June.

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The first four satellites in the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation were launched in 2013, and the Jersey-based company reports that they are currently operating successfully.

Telecom Cook Islands was the first customer to be brought up on the constellation earlier this year. O3b says that other customers are completing testing and are expected to turn on to commercial service before the next launch.

“Our satellites are now on their way to French Guiana and will be launched in late June,” said CEO Steve Collar.

“In the meantime, we continue to roll out our commercial service, bringing up customers on the initial constellation.”

O3b says that tests with customers have attained throughput of up to 1.6 Gbps and round trip latency below 150msec. It adds that the constellation can support 4G/LTE technologies.

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