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O3b Ka-band constellation operational

O3b Networks today confirmed that in-orbit testing of its latest satellites has been successfully completed and the satellites have been commissioned into its eight-strong Ka-band constellation.

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The first four satellites launched in June 2013 and another four in July 2014. O3b says that the constellation is now fully operational, allowing it to launch services on a global basis. The launch of a further four satellites is scheduled for early next year.

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. It says that its trunking solution, O3bTrunk, is offering satellite links supporting more than 600 Mbps into a single site. 

O3b already has customers in commercial service in markets ranging from the Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea to the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as 28 signed customers who are anticipating service activation.

“We have created the ‘WOW’ factor with our early customer service, largely because in today’s world of enterprise and consumer applications, the core attributes of O3b’s affordable, low latency, high throughput service delivers performance never previously seen over satellite,” said CEO Steve Collar, quoting a CEO from O3b customer base as saying: “There is no way back to geo-stationary – the performance penalty would be too great.”

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