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O3b Signs Deal to Provide 3G Backhaul Services across Rural Malaysia

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On the verge of launching its satellite constellation, O3b Networks has announced a long term capacity deal, providing fiber equivalent capacity to Malaysian telecoms provider Maju Nusa.

The deal, awarded under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications, will allow Maju Nusa to deploy mobile data services significantly further into mobile operators networks, reaching rural communities in Malaysia where there is little or no access to broadband.

Maju Nusa is involved in a number of government initiatives providing broadband and 3G mobile voice and data coverage to rural Malaysia.

Utilising the O3b network, Maju Nusa will be able to deliver 3G service to customers over satellite from 2014.

Steve Collar, CEO, O3b Networks, said, "We are delighted to be announcing our first mobile backhaul deal ahead of our service launch. This will bring 3G services to hundreds of thousands of people who until now have been without broadband connectivity."

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