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Google-backed IP satellite operator to compete with fibre networks

Ian Grant

A Google-backed satellite network operator, O3b, has signed a long-term agreement with Europe Media Port to provide gigabit IP network connectivity and bandwidth services to clients located in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The teleport in Nemea, Greece is the first of multiple teleport sites to be located worldwide that will allow O3b to provide global, low-latency, high-speed network and connectivity services to compete with optical fibre networks.

O3b aims to attract mobile backhaul operators, backbone operators, government entities, and data or bandwidth resellers who serve the three billion people who live between latitudes 45 degrees north and south.

It has attracted funding from Google, satellite operator SES, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners and Allen & Company.

O3b will install multiple 7.3m Ka-band gateway antennas at Nemea to provide low-latency, high-speed IP services to customers.

On the ground, the gateway will initially support more than 12Gbps throughput that serves up to 10 spot beams simultaneously.

A single O3b satellite beam has ground footprint of 600km diameter and delivers connection rates of 1Mbps to 10Gbps and fibre-like latency, the company said.


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