From the Wires
O3b Networks Taps Systems Integrator Kordia To Install and Ready Pacific Region Customers Ahead of Historic O3b Satellite Fleet Launch
By: Business Wire
Jan. 18, 2013 03:00 AM
With the historic launch of its game-changing satellite fleet set for May, O3b Networks announced today a strategic partnership with systems integrator Kordia aimed at the implementation of O3b customer sites across the Pacific Ocean Region.
A New Zealand-owned systems and support innovator, Kordia’s initial assignment is the installation of an O3b Tier-1 terminal in Rarotonga for Telecom Cook Islands (TCI). TCI will utilize O3b’s Ka-band capacity and fully-managed trunking solution, O3bTrunk, to provide businesses, residents and tourists with Internet access five times faster than current broadband offerings across the Cook Islands. TCI has also signed up high-speed, low-latency O3bTrunk service for four islands using the O3b Tier-2 terminals. As a result, each island will receive more than 20 times the bandwidth they enjoy today.
O3b Networks will deliver fiber-like speed at sub 150 millisecond latency and affordable prices, opening the door to new business and growth opportunities for Pacific Island customers.
“This exciting partnership between Kordia and O3b Networks ahead of the breakthrough launch of O3b satellites will change the way communities and businesses communicate across the Pacific region,” said Alan Turner, General Manager of Kordia Solutions New Zealand.
“While no other satellite operator will be adding significant new capacity to the Pacific this year, O3b is on the verge of redefining an entire industry with the flexibility and affordability of its innovative Ka-band solutions. Kordia is looking forward to helping O3b customers take full advantage of O3b’s new and innovative services,” says Turner
Kordia’s technical engineering teams are undergoing training for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of all varieties of Tier-1 and Tier-2 O3b terminals.
“The O3b Networks-Kordia alliance marks a key milestone as we enter the all-important implementation phase at customer sites around the world. With a global infrastructure in place and a constellation set for launch, O3b looks forward to serving telecom providers and their customers, who have struggled for years with sluggish and costly broadband offerings.”, noted Chris Schram, EVP Operations for O3b Networks. “The arrival of O3b’s game-changing, high speed fiber-like capacity will soon spur a new level of communications in underserved and remote markets.”
The largest Ka-band operator in the world, O3b is enabling communications service providers to offer affordable fiber-like capacity around the world. O3b’s unique eight satellite, Medium-Earth-Orbit fleet enables affordable, high-speed connectivity in places where traditional satellite and fiber offerings are unavailable or extremely costly.
About Kordia Solutions
Kordia Solutions is a contracting and consulting company that designs, builds and maintains communications networks throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
From building New Zealand’s broadcast network over 70 years ago, to rolling out real-time passenger information systems last year, Kordia Solutions has expertise in a diverse range of technologies, and a reputation for delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions that work.
Kordia Solutions has over 800 highly-skilled staff including project managers, engineers, field engineers and communications riggers, based throughout Australia and New Zealand.
About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks 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, 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.
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