O3b, Presta Bist Demonstrate High Performance, Cost Effective 4G/LTE Solution for the Sahel

“Fiber from the Sky” Enables Faster, Clearer HD Video, Live Streaming, File Downloads and More in Chad.

ST. HELIER, Jersey, Channel Islands--()--O3b Networks, in partnership with Presta Bist, has proven today via live demonstration that its satellite enabled services deliver crystal clear voice, live HD video and high speed downloads. The live Demo Day event held in the Republic of Chad tested link speed, video streaming, file download, interactive maps, file upload and web page loading. The outcome was that O3b services performed at 5X the speed and clarity of a traditional geostationary satellite service and comparable to a fiber connection.

O3b operates a global constellation of 12 satellites and a robust ground infrastructure to deliver high throughput in 23 locations in Africa. O3b Networks is the fastest growing satellite operator in history, enabling over 40 customers around the world to bring high performance connections to unconnected remote or offshore areas, accelerate the deployment of 3G/4G or enhance fiber reliability. O3b has recently completed funding for an additional eight satellites currently in production in Europe, half of which are expected to be launched at the end of 2017.

O3b satellites, which are optimized for providing high-throughput, low latency connectivity, offer tailored, cost-effective solutions and scalable bandwidth to grow with demand. By orbiting much closer to earth than conventional geostationary satellites, O3b technology reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the end user.

“It is always a pleasure to be the first to introduce a revolutionary technology to a region, especially one like O3b that provides fiber-like experience,” said Moussa Radjab, CEO of Presta Bist. “Like any operator, it gives us pride to be able to say Presta Bist has enabled Chad to be the first country in the Sahel region to deploy and make concrete this revolutionary technology. This is a huge milestone for connectivity in the Sahel.”

“In Chad, we are delighted to be co-operating with Presta Bist, a relationship that started 2 years ago and has brought us to this exciting point today, where we can jointly show you the benefits and capabilities of the O3b service,” said Carole Kamaitha, VP Africa, O3b Networks. “Presta Bist has been fundamental to the success of O3b in the region and we are grateful for their continued support of our business.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About Presta Bist Telecoms

Presta Bist Telecoms is an Internet Service Provider and Pay TV operator, delivering high-availability broadband to consumers and companies across Chad. Through its national network of Wireless broadband, VSAT—and soon fiber—Presta Bist Telecoms offers a high-end, innovative offering: 1G Fiber, internet, VPN, and hosting. The company’s mission is to assist our customers in the new technological revolution.

Contacts

For O3b Networks:
Jason Wauer
pr@o3bnetworks.com
or
SpeakerBox Communications
Kate Nesbitt, 703-287-7814
knesbitt@speakerboxpr.com

Release Summary

O3b Networks, in partnership with Presta Bist, has proven today during a live demonstration that its satellite enabled services deliver crystal clear voice, live HD video and high speed downloads.

Contacts

For O3b Networks:
Jason Wauer
pr@o3bnetworks.com
or
SpeakerBox Communications
Kate Nesbitt, 703-287-7814
knesbitt@speakerboxpr.com