O3b inks capacity deal in South Sudan

New satellite constellation to provide high speed connectivity to South Sudan

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O3b inks capacity deal in South Sudan South Sudan lacks reliable nationwide data connectivity. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  July 9, 2013

O3b Networks, the Jersey-based satellite operator that launched its first four satellites last month, has sealed a deal to provide high-speed capacity to RCS-Communication, an ISP in the Republic of South Sudan.

O3b will provide geostationary satellite backhaul connectivity to RCS-Communication's WiMAX network in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan.

The deal will provide improved connectivity for customers in and around Juba, which is home to more than 300,000 people.

The new satellite capacity will benefit a range of customers, including corporates and non-governmental organisations.

Flippie Odendal, managing director, RCS-Communication, said: "RCS is always on the lookout for new technology solutions that can enhance their service offering. Though fibre options are being considered for South Sudan, we do not currently have fibre connectivity in country.

"Our WiMAX network in Juba connects to the Internet backbone via geostationary satellite solutions which are reliable, but when compared to fiber offers latency challenges. We believe that O3b brings something new to the satellite industry that uniquely addresses this limitation. O3b will enable us to offer higher speeds and a more responsive user experience to our WiMAX clients," he said.

Omar Trujillo, regional VP Africa and LatAm, O3b said: "High speed data communications have the potential to accelerate economic growth supporting entrepreneurship and multinational commerce. We are proud to provide RCS with connectivity to enable the growth of the new nation of South Sudan."

The announcement follows the successful launch of O3b's first four satellites at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana on June 25, 2013.

The O3b network will deliver broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator. O3b's vast coverage area includes emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, with a collective population of over 3 billion people.

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