O3b Networks, the developer of a new satellite-based, global internet backbone for telecoms operators and ISPs has announced today that Afghani telco Neda Telecommunications will deploy its Quick Start service as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement. The agreement will provide low-latency, fibre quality, internet connectivity between Afghanistan and the global internet infrastructure.
O3b Networks, funded by Google, Liberty Global and HSBC Principal Investments, recently announced it will deploy the world’s first ultra-low-latency, medium earth orbit (MEO), Ka-band, fibre-speed satellite network. The network is designed to improve internet access for millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developed markets, as well as selected vertical markets. Service activation and ground equipment is scheduled for late 2010. ‘Providing backhaul to Neda Telecommunications is a great example of what O3b Networks can do,’ said John Finney of O3b. ‘Customers like Neda get connected directly to the global fibre internet infrastructure, without a huge capital expenditure. Our Quick Start offer provides an affordable, reliable, backhaul solution for connecting directly to the global internet whilst QuickVAR provides a way for Neda to provide cellular backhaul to thousands of towers across Afghanistan. In emerging countries like Afghanistan, having an affordable, low-latency connection to the global internet provides the opportunity to stimulate economic development on a par with the connected world.’