O3b Networks has announced that Timor Telecom (TT) has gone live on O3b’s ‘Fiber in the Sky’ satellite network, following the signing of a deal to bring high throughput, low latency capacity to Timor-Leste earlier in May. TT is now able to provide customers with high speed broadband, improving user experience and allowing for more and better services and content. The use of O3b satellites reduce latency, increase internet speed and improve voice and video quality for the user. ‘Timor-Leste is another example of O3b bringing broadband to under-served areas of the world,’ commented John Finney, chief commercial officer of O3b, adding: ‘Our network is working fantastically well and we are looking forward to bringing more customers up as soon as possible.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Portugal Telecom subsidiary TT won a tender to reconstruct the island’s telecoms infrastructure in July 2002 and went on to launch commercial services on 1 March 2003. Its exclusivity was brought to an end with the award of telecoms licences to Vietnamese-owned Viettel and Telin, a subsidiary of Telekom Indonesia, in July 2012.