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O3b completes Ka-band constellation

Soyuz takes off from Kourou to place four O3b satellites into orbit Soyuz takes off from Kourou to place four O3b satellites into orbit CNES

The Guyana Space Centre confirms that O3b successfully launched four satellites yesterday on a Soyuz launch vehicle, completing its initial eight-strong constellation designed to improve satellite connectivity in emerging markets.

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The first four satellites successfully launched on June 25th, 2013 and Soyuz took off on Thursday at 15:55 from Kourou, French Guyana, to place the remaining four into equatorial orbit.

Headquartered in Jersey (Channel Islands) with its operational head office in The Hague (Netherlands), O3b Networks says that its Ka-band constellation delivers more bandwidth with lower latency and at a lower cost than traditional satellite solutions.

“We are thrilled at the successful launch of our satellites,” said CEO Steve Collar.

“They will now go through a period of in-orbit testing before being fully integrated into our network as we continue to bring customers up across the world. The exciting O3b journey continues and we are already looking forward to our third launch early next year.”

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