O3b signs resale deal with Sky Fiber

23 Jun 2011

Satellite broadband operator O3b Networks has signed a capacity agreement with satellite service provider Sky Fiber to resell O3b services. Under the deal, Sky Fiber will be able to use O3b’s capacity to provide services including mobile/wireless backhaul and IP trunking across south-east Asia. TelecomAsia reports that the deal is O3b’s third contract in the Asia-Pacific market following a capacity deal with Telecom Cook Islands a year ago, and Pakistan’s Pak Datacom in September 2010. O3b has been focusing mainly on Africa, where CEO Steve Collar said that 80% of its planned capacity has already been sold. O3b plans to bring wholesale fibre-speed IP backbone connectivity to underserved and unserved markets worldwide when its eight satellites are launched by 2013. It lists SES, HSBC and Google among its marquee investors.