Madagascar to adopt O3b satellite broadband services

Gulfsat O3b NetworksO3b claimed its satellite broadband will provide Madagascar with fast, cost-effective broadband. (Image source: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/flickr)O3b Networks has signed a deal with Gulfsat Madagascar to provide satellite-delivered high-speed broadband and telephony services across Madagascar

Using O3b’s medium earth orbit satellite fleet, Gulfsat will offer Madagascan residents and businesses broadband solutions with fibre-optic speeds.

O3b claimed that the satellite connectivity will provide low latencies of less than 150 milliseconds along with unlimited, affordable bandwidth and operational savings.

Damien de Lamberterie, general manager of Gulfsat Madagascar, said, “Together with O3b Networks, Gulfsat is well positioned to deliver a wide range of broadband, voice and data transmission services with the speed and cost effectiveness of fibre and the high availability and resilience of satellite.

“Gulfsat will leverage that winning combination across Madagascar, where consumers and businesses alike have been waiting for an affordable high-speed, low latency solution for years,” he added.

Situated off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is currently served by submarine fibre-optic cables. Gulfsat argued, however, that it sees significant benefits in the affordability and resiliency of O3b’s Ka-band satellite solutions.

Omar Trujillo, vice-president of Africa and Latam at O3b Networks, said, “Gulfsat is a true innovator already offering triple play services in Madagascar under the brand name Blueline. O3b is proud to enable this leading African telecom provider to realise its vision of unleashing the full potential of the region through affordable high-speed broadband.

“The O3b-Gulfsat alliance eliminates the technical limitations and high costs that have frustrated Internet access providers across Africa for years. Gulfsat is breaking new ground once again, with an eye on a better Internet experience for all,” he added.

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