O3b Wins in Africa

Direct On PC, a leading Internet service provider in Nigeria and West Africa, has signed a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract with O3b

March 25, 2009

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ST. JOHN, Jersey, Channel Islands, U.K. -- O3b Networks Limited (O3b) the developer of a new fibre quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone infrastructure announced today that Direct On PC Ltd (DOPC), a leading Internet and Intranet Services Provider in Nigeria and West Africa has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for services with O3b Networks, Ltd.

DOPC has selected O3b’s QuickSTART and QuickVAR carrier services to significantly expand the capacity and geographic coverage of the DOPC backbone network. DOPC currently deploys satellite, wireless, and WiMax broadband solutions on cutting edge technologies for enterprise and residential customers in Nigeria and West Africa.

O3b Networks Limited, funded principally by Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, is building the world’s first ultra-low-latency, fibre speed, satellite network. The network is designed to improve Internet access for millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developing markets.

“After due diligence, we decided to sign for a large capacity of bandwidth to substitute for fibre connectivity across Nigeria. Especially in geographic regions where microwave and fibre connectivity will always prove a challenge”, said Mahesh Sadhwani, Vice Chairman, DOPC. “With this technology we will have a ‘fibre in the sky’ solution for our WiMax, VOIP and Enterprise class Internet and Intranet solutions. This solution will compete with fibre class connectivity in terms of latency, uptime, pricing and will enable us to quickly deploy fibre like services anywhere in Nigeria at a very rapid pace and economical cost.”

“We are thrilled that DOPC awarded O3b this significant contract after a lengthy and competitive selection process” said John Finney, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, O3b Networks, Ltd. “Carriers and service providers worldwide are realizing the significant advantages of O3b’s solutions. O3b provides ‘fiber quality’ service from a next generation satellite platform in high capacity and low latency terms but with substantially more geographic coverage than fiber. Our services are ‘carrier class’ due to O3b’s system wide redundancy and right price to help operators cope with the pressures of higher bandwidth requirements and competitive prices. With O3b’s QuickSTART service, we provide a risk mitigated, carrier managed service that allows rapid deployment into fast developing markets around the globe.”

O3b Networks Ltd.

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