Digicel Pacific has teamed up with Channel Islands-based vendor O3b Networks to increase satellite capacity and bring 4G LTE connectivity to the remote Micronesian island of Nauru. Local unit Digicel Nauru has been providing connectivity over an O3b satellite-enabled network since January 2015 and has since increased its bandwidth by 108.6% over a series of three upgrades. The latest agreement between the two companies will allow Digicel to deploy a new 4G LTE network on the island, driving significant economic and social development through enhanced mobile services. According to an O3b press release, the high-throughput, low-latency connectivity afforded by the company’s constellation of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites will give Nauru residents ‘the fast and reliable mobile data experience needed to join an increasingly digitised international community’.
Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific, and third smallest state by area in the world, behind only Vatican City and Monaco. The island is home to approximately 10,000 residents, populating a 21 square kilometre area. With its closest neighbour settled nearly 300 kilometres to the East, Nauru is far beyond the reach of traditional fibre-optic submarine cable connectivity.