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E-Networks first in LatAm to use O3b’s ‘fibre in the sky’

3 Oct 2014

Guyanese internet service provider (ISP) E-Networks has signed an agreement with O3b to use the company’s ‘fibre in the sky’ satellite broadband network, making it the first Latin American telecoms operator to be introduced onto the O3b system since it initiated commercial operations earlier in this year. The satellite service provider, which is headquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands, uses satellites which orbit closer to earth than geostationary satellites, theoretically reducing latency, augmenting data rates and improving voice and video quality. According to O3b, its satellites can support up to 1.6Gbps in a single beam.

Vishok M. Persaud, managing director at E-Networks said: ‘We now have the unique ability to offer international services to our corporate customers either on fibre or O3b or a combination of both while maintaining low latency. This gives us the most resilient network in Guyana. Access to the O3b network gives us the ability to open up new services countrywide where it would otherwise be difficult to have access to fibre. This deployment will be used to further enhance our fibre-optic and 4G data networks.’ The ISP already offers 4G mobile WiMAX services with data speeds ranging from 1Mbps-5Mbps, and in 2013 launched its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Guyana, ENet (previously E-Networks), O3b Networks (part of SES)

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