Hermes brings O3b capacity to West Africa oil and gas company

Strait of Gibraltar Satellite - NASA - Wikimedia CommonsO3b satellite coverage will offer fibre-like latency for its oil and gas client in West Africa (Image source: NASA/Wikimedia Commons)Hermes Datacomms, a SpeedCast Group company, has partnered with O3b Networks to deliver communications for a global oil company’s West Africa operations and also to provide a connection to their regional headquarters in Europe

“We are delighted to be the first to provide O3b capacity for the oil and gas sector in West Africa. This will provide our customer with the benefits of satellite connections with the latency of fibre connections,” said Barry Bouwmeester, business development manager for Africa at Hermes Datacomms. “Access to the O3b network gives us the ability to open up new services where it would be difficult to obtain access to fibre.”

O3b Networks is a global satellite operator offering next generation satellite networks. Its satellites are in orbit closer to the earth than conventional geostationary satellites, thereby reducing latency, increasing data rates and improving voice and video quality for end users. The high throughput O3b satellites also offer much greater capacity, with the ability to support up to 1.6 GB in a single beam.

Hermes Datacomms and SpeedCast have been working closely with O3b Networks for the last two years, and now have a number of fully trained O3b installation engineers.

“Delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of our energy customers is the cornerstone of our success. With O3b’s network, we are able to deliver high performance capacity and low latency for a superior end-user experience,” said Keith Johnson, senior V-P of Energy, SpeedCast.

This announcement follows two other recent announcements by SpeedCast about working closely with O3b to deliver satellite services in the Pacific and Southeast Asia regions.

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