RCS signs capacity deal with O3b

9 Jul 2013

O3b Networks has announced a long-term capacity deal to provide high speed, low latency capacity to RCS-Communication, an internet service provider (ISP) in South Sudan. The agreement will lead to improved connectivity for customers in and around the capital Juba, which is home to over 300,000 people. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, RCS-Communication selected Airspan Networks’ Air4G solution for the deployment of a 4G WiMAX network in Juba earlier this year. Commenting on the deal with O3b, Flippie Odendal, managing director at RCS-Communication, said: ‘RCS is always on the lookout for new technology solutions that can enhance their service offering. Though fibre options are being considered for South Sudan, we do not currently have fibre connectivity in country. Our WiMAX network in Juba connects to the internet backbone via geostationary satellite solutions which are reliable, but when compared to fibre offers latency challenges. We believe that O3b brings something new to the satellite industry that uniquely addresses this limitation. O3b will enable us to offer higher speeds and a more responsive user experience to our WiMAX clients.’