O3b, Netcom ink broadband connectivity deal

8 Oct 2010

Next generation network service provider O3b Network has announced the signing of a deal with Netcom Nigeria, a provider of satellite and wireless broadband solutions, to supply low latency, high capacity broadband connectivity to ships and offshore platforms in Nigeria. Under the multi-year, multi-million dollar deal O3b will deliver bandwidth in the city of Lagos and the Niger Delta region, as well as to offshore oil rigs comprising around 50 platforms. ‘The high capacity, low latency connectivity that O3b’s unique constellation of MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) satellites will provide, will allow us to offer a quality of service to our oil and gas customers operating in the Niger Delta region that was never possible before,’ commented Yen Choi, group EVP and CTO of Netcom Africa, adding: ‘Our services will be available in every part of the region, including onshore, and deep offshore using cutting edge motion stabilised antenna systems. Offshore workers will be able to talk with friends and family at home with no delay and large volumes of data will be transferred onshore for analysis quickly and seamlessly.’

Nigeria, Netcom (Nigeria)