ST. HELIER, Jersey--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O3b Networks today announced the launch of trunking services to Ecuadorian telecommunications company CNT. The operator is using a high throughput, low latency satellite network to offer broadband internet on the Galápagos archipelago.
The Galápagos are composed of 13 islands with a combined population of approximately 26,000 inhabitants. The islands are also home to a large scientific community, and more than 150,000 tourist a year—two groups that will immediately benefit from CNT’s improved service offerings.
CNT, Ecuador's state-owned telecommunications operator, provides fixed line telephony, mobile, satellite TV and internet services. Offering their Galápagos subscribers support for the same cloud services and data-intensive applications used on the mainland has been a challenge. For about 20 years the connection to the island has been over a geostationary (GEO) satellite.
The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than traditional GEO satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. CNT is using O3b’s next-generation IP trunking solution, O3bTrunk, which boosts the existing link.
“By nature of the remote location in the Pacific, the Galápagos needed a solution to provide optimal quality, performance and cost for internet and mobile connectivity “said César Regalado, President of CNT.
“I am delighted that O3b has reached an agreement to provide services to CNT, Ecuador’s most traditional operator and its largest internet provider,” said Omar Trujillo, VP Latin America for O3b Networks. “Our Service, will enable CNT to dramatically improve the quality of service for residents and visitors to the Galápagos Islands, offering them a true broadband experience in this remote market.”
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.
Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, CNT S.A. was created on October 30, 2008, as a result of the merger of Andinatel S.A. and Pacifictel S.A., and on January 14, 2010, CNT S.A. became a public company. On July 30, 2010 the company officially merged with mobile operator Telecsa (Alegro). Today, CNT EP is the leading telecommunications provider in Ecuador, offering both fixed and mobile telephony and Internet services, as well as pay TV. If you would like to know more information about the company, please visit: www.cnt.gob.ec