SpeedCast and O3b Networks Expand Connectivity in Papua New Guinea

Satellite CSP SpeedCast has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to deliver state-of-the-art O3b satellite connectivity in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The service will enable high throughput, low latency broadband service for enterprise and consumer customers. SpeedCast operates the new O3b service in the city of Lae, which is the second O3b terminal deployed by the SpeedCast Group in PNG, and the sixth overall.

The operator will provide carrier-grade access between the core network and global internet backbone, by using the global networks of international POPs, regional gateways and local satellite access of both O3b Networks and SpeedCast. Local ISP MyNet will rollout a low latency, citywide WiFi distribution in Lae using the new service.

To ensure maximum efficiency and seamless operation, SpeedCast will support the project by integrating its value-adding services, including bandwidth acceleration, QoS, application filtering and network monitoring & support.

O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites orbit at 8,062km above the Earth and have a latency of less than 150ms—25% that of the geostationary (GEO) satellite systems connecting PNG. The switch to the lower latency, higher throughput O3b, rivalling long-haul fibre, will support new data-rich services and consumer applications for the communities in and around Lae.

Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, said “Extending the reach of this low latency international connectivity via the wireless network around Lae, we expect the business community will find a significant improvement over the satellite connectivity they’re accustomed to."

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