O3b Already Connecting the Unconnected in Africa

By Carole Kamaitha, VP Africa

Recently, there has been a lot of news surrounding Facebook, Google, SpaceX and OneWeb and their hopes of bringing high-speed broadband Internet to remote locations around the world, specifically, Africa.  So you might be confused as to why you don’t hear O3b talking about how we “hope” to help these nations get connected.

That’s because we are already doing it.

Here at O3b we are passionate about digital parity—so much so that our mission is in our name. We are already bringing high speed broadband to several locations in Africa via Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, and the technology is being adopted at an incredible pace.

Today, approximately 20 percent of trunking traffic across the Middle East and Africa is delivered via standard geostationary satellites. O3bTrunk delivers better service than standard geostationary satellites and the performance is comparable to fiber. Our low latency satellites are providing our customers with ultra fast speeds —fast enough to support video, enterprise applications and cloud computing, which are basic requirements for enabling digital equality and allowing enterprise to compete in the global marketplace.

Locations in Africa already taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the O3b network:

South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan is faced with broadband connectivity challenges akin to most landlocked countries. O3b is addressing these challenges in partnership with RCS – Communication.

RCS-Communication, an ICT company in South Sudan, brings broadband access to businesses and organizations that need it. The company relies on O3b’s MEOs to bring fiber-like connectivity to the area, where the service is then be distributed to all of its customers.


Madagascar, a huge island-nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is another country that has encountered significant challenges in finding broadband connectivity for its nearly 23 million residents. Providing broadband service to islands is often expensive and service can be unreliable; typically providers rely on using submarine fiber cables, which are fixed in position once they are deployed but are cost prohibitive, especially to nations with a GDP per capita of $933 (as Madagascar has).

The MEO satellite constellation provided by O3bTrunk gives Gulfsat—Madagascar’s broadband and telephony service—fiber-equivalent service. The resulting bandwidth is affordable, repositionable and expandable—all necessary as new enterprise clients take advantage of the service.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) lies in the heart of Africa and is the largest country in Southern and Central Africa with a rapidly developing telecommunications infrastructure. Broadband connectivity was limited to traditional geostationary satellite solutions, which are expensive and do not necessarily offer the connectivity a country needs to operate in the 21st century. Of the DRC’s 75 million residents, 15 million are mobile subscribers, and 10 million are located in the capital city of Kinshasa.

O3bTrunk is helping to transform the DRC via connectivity. We provide ultra high-speed broadband service at ultra low latencies throughout the DRC via Raga Sat, the leading African Internet service provider. The connectivity and backhaul services our MEO technology provides for both urban hubs and rural villages are bringing digital parity to the DRC.

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    It’s really nice to make people feel happy while they are connected to a high speed satellite Internet like fiber and with lowest cost, latency and I hope that I will be the first O3b distributer in libya now I’m forming my small company for that. Good luck O3B


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