|[January 18, 2013]
SES Partners with O3b to Provide Internet Capacity to Digicel to Expand their Cellular Network Services across Papua New Guinea
ST. JOHN, Channel Islands & LUXEMBOURG --(Business Wire)--
O3b Networks and SES (News - Alert) (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced today that
Digicel has contracted capacity on SES' NSS-9 satellite and O3b's Medium
Earth Orbit fleet to provide high quality internet bandwidth for their
cellular network in Papua New Guinea.
Under the multi-year agreement, the fast growing mobile phone network
provider will use the C-band capacity on the NSS-9 satellite at 183
degrees East and the O3bTrunk service to continue to deliver
high-quality voice and high-speed mobile data services to its customers
across Papua New Guinea.
"As a long-term partner of Digicel (News - Alert), we understand their business needs
and are pleased to meet them again by collaborating with O3b Networks,"
said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. "The contract
with Digicel is a fine example of how geostationary and Medium Earth
Orbit satellites complement each other to offer a unique connectivity
solution. The comprehensive coverage of the NSS-9 satellite, coupled
with the high throughput and low latency offered by the O3b
constellation, will enable Digicel to provide reliable and
cost-efficient cellular network services to their customers in Papua New
"Digicel is an innovator in mobile services in the Pacific region. O3b
is pleased to support their ongoing innovation with a cost-effective
solution to extend coverage with O3b's high capacity, lw latency
satellite transport," said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.
John Mangos, CEO of Digicel Papua New Guinea, commented on the
agreement, "We at Digicel are continually looking to ensure the best
possible customer experience by innovating and delivering the best
technology to our customers across the Pacific region. We look forward
to working with SES and O3b Networks to expand our network capacity to
service our growing customer base in Papua New Guinea."
SES and O3b Networks will be at PTC 2013 from January 19 to 23. SES'
Vice President of Asia-Pacific Glen Tindall will participate in a
roundtable "Broadcasters and the Carrier ID Initiative" on January 20 at
11am. Steve Collar will speak at the Executive Insight Roundtable
"Improving Efficiency and Expanding Horizons" on Monday January 21 at
About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks Ltd. is a global satellite service provider building a
next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators,
Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in
emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of
satellite with the speed of a fiber-optic network providing billions of
consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low-cost,
high-speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks'
investors are SES, Google (News - Alert), Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments,
Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of
Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is
headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service
and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse
regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with
customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds
participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a
strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b
Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.
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