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January 17th, 2012

O3b Networks... A Blending Of Biggies For Network Support (SATCOM)

[SatNews] O3b Networks has entered into partnerships with a series of industry leading vendors....

.....who will enable the company to deliver the benefits of its ground breaking technology to customers worldwide. General DynamicsSATCOM Technologies, Comtech EF Data Corporation and Gilat Satellite Networks, along with previously announced partner ViaSat, will provide a comprehensive range of customer access systems for use on the O3b network capable of delivering throughputs from 1Mbps to 1Gbps. This range of O3b VSAT terminals provides O3b customers the flexibility to choose the features and functionality most suited to their needs.

General Dynamics’ SATCOM Technologies will manufacture simple, affordable and reliable 1.8m and 2.4m antennas for use with a series of standard transmitter packages. Comtech EF Data Corporation will offer a line of O3b-ready modems and hub systems based on its popular CDM modem products. The O3b Comtech EF Data solution will include compression and network optimization functionality developed specifically for mobile backhaul and trunking applications. Customers will be able to repurpose existing Comtech EF Data hardware for use with the O3b system. Gilat Satellite Networks will provide high capability VSAT hubs and modems based on its highly successful SkyEdge II platform. Gilat O3b modems will support standard GEO and O3b MEO operation and will be customized for cellular backhaul and IP trunking applications. Gilat will also offer value added services such as integration with other sub-system providers and terminal installation.

“No other system can offer the range and breadth of connectivity, coverage, flexibility and speed that O3b can offer and our partners’ world class products will be integral to our IP trunking, mobile backhaul and VSAT solutions,” said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer of O3b Networks. “We believe in a world where affordable, high speed connectivity is always within reach and, with our partners, we can deliver on this vision.”

“This versatile range of access solutions complements the high-speed O3b terminals already available from ViaSat. All are based on reliable and proven technology, tailored for O3b’s unique capabilities and enhanced to provide state of the art functionality to serve the challenging markets in which our customers operate,” said John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer of O3b Networks.