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O3b Networks opens Dubai office

Satellite internet backbone provider opens DIC office to act as Middle East and Africa HQ

Satellite backbone provider O3b Networks has announced the opening of a new office in Dubai.

The company, which is aiming to develop fibre quality, satellite-based, Internet backbone infrastructure to deliver more affordable broadband in emerging markets, will use the Dubai Internet City office as a Middle East and Africa headquarters. The office will provide sales and technical support alogn with training and executive briefings.

John Finney, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, O3b Networks said: “Our Dubai office will allow us to place key resources near our customers. We expect that Dubai will become a significant center for O3b operations in the Middle East and Africa. As such, we will be placing a number of key resources in the facility giving us and our customers the broadest array of support services available.”

O3b plans to use an ultra-low-latency, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Ka-band, fiber-speed satellite network to deliver broadband services to the ‘Other 3 Billion’ consumers and business users who do not have easy access to internet services.

The company, which is funded by Google, cable operator Liberty Global, and HSBC Principal Investments, aims to have its first satellites, which are being constructed by Thales Alenia Space, operational by the end of 2010.