Press release

O3b Networks dramatically expands service capabilities through partnerships with industry leading vendors.

O3b selects General Dynamics, Comtech EF Data and Gilat to provide the O3b VSAT terminals.

St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands, 13th January 2012, O3b Networks announced today that the company has entered into partnerships with a series of industry leading vendors who will enable the company to deliver the benefits of its ground breaking technology to customers worldwide. General Dynamics’ SATCOM Technologies, Comtech EF Data Corporation and Gilat Satellite Networks along with previously announced partner ViaSat will provide a comprehensive range of customer access systems for use on the O3b network capable of delivering throughputs from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps. This range of O3b VSAT terminals provides O3b customers the flexibility to choose the features and functionality most suited to their needs.

General Dynamics’ SATCOM Technologies, the leading global VSAT antenna provider, will manufacture simple, affordable and reliable 1.8m and 2.4m antennas for use with a series of standard transmitter packages. Comtech EF Data Corporation, the global leader in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization, will offer a line of O3b-ready modems and hub systems based on its popular CDM modem products. The O3b Comtech EF Data solution will include compression and network optimization functionality developed specifically for mobile backhaul and trunking applications.  Customers will be able to repurpose existing Comtech EF Data hardware for use with the O3b system. Gilat Satellite Networks, a premier global VSAT provider, will provide high capability VSAT hubs and modems based on its highly successful SkyEdge II platform. Gilat O3b modems will support both standard GEO and O3b MEO operation, and will be customized for cellular backhaul and IP trunking applications. Gilat will also offer value added services such as integration with other sub-system providers and terminal installation.

“No other system can offer the range and breadth of connectivity, coverage, flexibility and speed that O3b can offer and our partners’ world class products will be integral to our IP trunking, mobile backhaul and VSAT solutions,” said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer of O3b Networks. “We believe in a world where affordable, high speed connectivity is always within reach and, with our partners, we can deliver on this vision.”

“This versatile range of access solutions complements the high-speed O3b terminals already available from ViaSat. All are based on reliable and proven technology, tailored for O3b’s unique capabilities and enhanced to provide state of the art functionality to serve the challenging markets in which our customers operate,” said John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer of O3b Networks.

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs) in emerging markets. The O3b Networks system will combine global reach and the speed of a fiber-optic network. With investments and operational support from SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Satya Capital, Sofina and Luxempart, the O3b system will provide telcos and ISPs with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their 3G, WiMAX and fixed-line networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions of consumers and businesses in 177 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications. O3b Networks’ headquarters is in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.

For further information please contact:

Luisa Sorrentino, VP, Marketing Communications, O3b Networks Limited.


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