Four O3b Satellites Successfully Launched; Aims at Low-Cost, High-Speed Internet Connectivity

June 26, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A day ago, O3b successfully launched its first four satellites intended to provide low cost and high-speed internet connectivity to the remote areas of the world that lack any kind of fiber infrastructure.

All the four satellites launched by the Arianespace Soyuz launch vehicle from French Guiana and made the first contact with O3b’s gateway in Hawaii.

The O3b networks aims at a revolutionary network that combines the wide reach of satellite with the speed of fiber optic network. This new satellite oriented system would bring high-speed, low cost connectivity to those emerging markets, which never had access to high-speed connectivity.


O3b system uses MEO (medium earth orbit) satellites instead the expensive geostationary satellite that requires a high altitude. MEO satellites offer full country coverage within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator.

The project is backed by many high-end investors including Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart.

O3b’s second group of four satellites is expected to launch in September and will complete the first phase constellation of satellites. The project aims to launch a total of 12 satellites by 2014 and once they become operational, they will start generating revenues from major telecommunication companies and network providers.

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