O3b signs South Sudan capacity deal

o3b satellite launchO3b Networks is offering a long-term capacity deal following the launch its first four satellites at the Guiana Space Centre. Image source: O3b Networks)O3b Networks has announced that it has entered into a long-term capacity deal to supply high-speed, low-latency capacity to RCS-Communication in South Sudan

The network service provider launched its first four satellites at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana last month and it is now expected that its new fibre link will lower the cost of connectivity across the region.

O3b Networks stated that improved bandwidth with the performance and speed of fibre will be rolled out in Juba, which is home to more than 300,000 people.

The company will serve customers, who include corporates and non-governmental organisations, aiming to deliver improved connectivity while promoting both economic growth and social development, it said.

Flippie Odendal, managing director of RCS-Communication said, “RCS is always on the lookout for new technology solutions that can enhance their service offering.

“Though fibre options are being considered for South Sudan, we do not currently have fiber connectivity in country. Our WiMAX network in Juba connects to the Internet backbone via geostationary satellite solutions which are reliable, but when compared to fiber offers latency challenges.”

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