O3b Wins Congo Deal

Microcom DRC has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract for O3b Networks’ Quick Start service

January 12, 2009

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ST. JOHN, Jersey, Channel Islands -- O3b Networks, the developer of a new fibre quality, global Internet backbone, announced today that Microcom DRC has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for O3b Networks’s Quick Start service. O3b’s Quick Start carrier managed service provides high-bandwidth, low-latency Internet access directly to Microcom. Once connected, Microcom will offer more affordable, high speed Internet access to its customers.

O3b Networks, funded 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 the millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developing markets. Activation is scheduled for late 2010.

“As the largest wireless ISP in the DRC, we have successfully addressed customer access to our network; for us, the challenge is to provide a low-latency connection back to the global Internet,” said Leon Ntale, CEO Microcom. “With O3b’s Quick Start service, we have access to a fibre quality service without the overhead of a fibre network. With the O3b backbone, we look forward to providing high speed Internet access to the 60 million people of the DRC.”

“Microcom, like many emerging market operators, has significant opportunities to provide new data services,” said John Finney, EVP Sales and Marketing for O3b Networks, Ltd. “In most markets,the reliable low latency backhaul does not exist. This is where O3b comes in. Our solutions allow operators to provide an Internet experience similar to developed markets.”

O3b Networks Ltd.

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