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O3b Networks Announces Plans for Mobile Data Service via Satellite

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Upcoming satellite service provider, O3b Networks has launched a new service, O3bCell that the company claims will enable mobile operators the opportunity to deploy data services profitably using satellite backhaul as a key enabler for the first time.

O3b says that it's fiber-like latency measurably improves voice quality and removes the significant impact of TCP slow start on data services.

"Satellite has always been the backhaul solution of last resort for mobile operators as the costs are high and the performance is lousy" explained Steve Collar, O3b Networks' CEO. "With O3bCell - operators now have the ability to deploy voice and data services beyond the reach of terrestrial circuits without compromising on voice quality, data throughput or performance."

"Mobile operators who use the O3bCell suite of backhaul solutions will have a distinct competitive advantage in the battle to acquire and retain subscribers in urban, semi-urban and rural markets." said John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer for O3b.

O3b's medium Earth orbit satellite constellation is now less than a year from launch and will bring coverage to nearly 180 countries with its fleet of 8 satellites.

O3b is financially backed by SES World Skies, Google, HSBC, Liberty Global, Allen and Company, Northbridge Venture Partners, Soroof International, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina and Satya Capital.

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