Palau Telecoms goes live on O3b satellite network

 Switch to O3b allows higher quality of experience 

St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands – O3b Networks today confirmed that its customer Palau Telecoms has successfully gone live on O3b’s innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation.

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, Palau’s 21,000 people are spread across 250 islands, which do not have access to undersea fiber cable. The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary (GEO) satellites, reduces latency, increases Internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user.

Palau Telecom is the second customer for O3b in Palau.   The low latency and high throughput service provided by O3b will enable Palau Telecom to provide their wireless internet customers with a higher quality of experience.

O3b’s unique combination of fiber speed with the reach and reliability of satellites has been very popular in the region. O3b’s total capacity contracted in the Pacific region is now 5 Gbps. The company’s clients in the pacific region include: Digicel PNG, Digicel Samoa, Norfolk Island Telecom, Palau National Communications Corporation, FSMTC Yap, FSMTC Chuuk, Solomon Telecom, Telecom Cook Islands and Timor Telecom.

Sam Masang, CEO, Palau Telecoms said:

“We are very proud to be among the early adopters of the O3b network, which allows us to improve our customer experience and launch new services, including Wireless TV. Palau Telecoms intends to provide a better experience to its customers by replacing the high latency GEO services with the low latency and high throughput O3b services. “

Imran Malik O3b VP – Asia Pacific & the Middle East, said:

“We are very happy to welcome Palau Telecoms as a live customer on our network. O3b’s unrivalled performance means that it is already the market leader in the Pacific region. And as demand for O3b service continues to grow, we will add new satellites to provide growth for existing customer needs and capacity for new customers that need to support latency sensitive applications such as HD video, 3G/LTE mobile data and cloud services.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines 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 include SES, Google, 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. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About Palau Telecoms

Palau Telecoms was pioneered by Palau Communications & Electronics Company (PCEC), which has been operating since 1987 under Palau Equipment Company Inc. It began with providing communications through UHF, VHF, and SSB Radios.

Palau Telecoms was added to the company to bring broadband, wireless internet to the island and give businesses and consumers a choice when it comes to internet services.

For more information, please visit www.palautelecoms.com.