[SatNews] O3b Networks has announced that its second group of four satellites have started their journey from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome to the launch site—Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana.
The company’s first four satellites, which we were launched in 2013, are operating successfully in orbit. Telecom Cook Islands was the first customer to be brought up on the constellation earlier this year. Many more customers are completing testing and will be turning up commercial service before the next launch. Tests with customers have attained stunning throughput of up to 1.6Gbps and round trip latency below 150msec. Live interoperability testing reveals that O3b’s innovative Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellation can support the low latency required for cutting edge 4G/LTE technologies.
Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks said, “Our satellites are now on their way to French Guiana and will be launched in late June. In the meantime, we continue to roll out our commercial service, bringing up customers on the initial constellation. The reaction that we have had so far from customers and end users has been spectacular. We have been saying that O3b will deliver ‘Fiber from the Sky’ and our customers are now telling us that they are experiencing exactly that. The combination of high speed and low latency is compelling. We can’t wait to get our next 4 satellites in orbit and to bring more customers and services on line.”
The O3b Networks infosite is located at http://www.o3bnetworks.com/