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O3b supports Digicel launch of LTE service in Samoa

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O3b Networks says that it is supporting Digicel Samoa's LTE services by providing core connectivity services to Digicel Samoa through its satellite network.

Digicel implemented the O3bTrunk services two years ago, with a significant long term data capacity commitment to provide affordable broadband internet and 3G mobile services to their subscriber base. However, once affordable higher speed services and Digicel's smartphones became more accessible, the operator quickly realized its customers had a rapidly expanding appetite for even more broadband service.

Since the start of service Digicel Samoa has increased contracted capacity by more than 144% with the first significant upgrade within one month of the start of service.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary (GEO) satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. O3b's next generation IP solutions boost existing link capacities to substantially improve affordability and lower latency compared with traditional satellite systems. O3bTrunk services also provide the basis of a resilient, high performance system that is ideal for use in disaster recovery - something that is becoming increasingly important in island states such as Samoa.

Rory Condon, CEO of Digicel Samoa said, "With the launch of LTE services both consumers and businesses can benefit from an enhanced internet experience- this means much faster upload and download speeds, increased productivity and overall improved efficiencies. While our LTE launch was only just over a week ago, we've been overwhelmed with positive feedback from our customers. We are thankful to have O3b's support to deliver our services to Samoa."

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