|[December 03, 2012]
Gulfsat Madagascar Picks O3b Networks to Deliver Affordable High-Speed Broadband Throughout Madagascar
ST. JOHN, Jersey, Channel Islands & Madagascar --(Business Wire)--
O3b Networks today announced leading Telecom Service Provider Gulfsat
Madagascar has signed a long-term capacity deal to provide
satellite-delivered high-speed broadband and telephony services across
the island nation of Madagascar.
Tapping the unique competitive advantages of O3b's Medium Earth Orbit
satellite fleet, Gulfsat Madagascar can offer residents and businesses
on the world's fourth-largest island a new level of broadband solutions
with the speed of fiber and the reach and reliability of satellite.
O3b-delivered connectivity empowers communities with unprecedented low
latencies (under 150 milliseconds), unlimited, affordable bandwidth and
unrivaled operational savings.
The island of Madagascar, off the Southeastern coast of Africa, is
served by submarine fiber-optic cables, but Gulfsat sees significant
benefits in the affordability and resiliency of O3b's Ka-band satellite
"Together with O3b Networks, Gulfsat is well positioned to deliver a
wide range of broadband, voice and data transmission services with the
speed and cost effectiveness of fier and the high availability and
resilience of satellite," said Damien de Lamberterie, General Manager,
Gulfsat Madagascar. "Gulfsat will leverage that winning combination
across Madagascar, where consumers and businesses alike have been
waiting for an affordable high-speed, low latency solution for years."
"Gulfsat is a true innovator already offering triple play services in
Madagascar under the brand name Blueline. O3b is proud to enable this
leading African telecom provider to realize its vision of unleashing the
full potential of the region through affordable high-speed broadband,"
explained Omar Trujillo, O3b Networks, VP Africa & Latam. "The
O3b-Gulfsat alliance eliminates the technical limitations and high costs
that have frustrated Internet access providers across Africa for years.
Gulfsat is breaking new ground once again, with an eye on a better
Internet experience for all."
About Gulfsat Madagascar
Created in 1997, Gulfsat Madagascar is a pioneer in Internet access and
data transmission systems and networks in Madagascar and the Indian
Ocean region. Gulfsat is considered a leader in wireless network
deployment and operations with state-of-the-art technologies for a broad
range of connectivity offerings, including VSAT telephony and Wimax.
About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global
Internet backbone for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet
service providers (ISP's) 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 (News - Alert) Inc. Liberty
Global, Inc. HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners
and Allen & Company, the O3b system will provide telcos and ISPs with a
low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their 3G, WiMAX (News - Alert) and
fixed-line networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions
of consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from
high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial
applications. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel
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