PNCC expands agreement with O3b in Palau

Palau’s National Communications Corporation (PNCC) is upgrading its services with O3b following the launch of its PalauCel 3G service in 2015.

PNCC began using O3bTrunk services in October 2014 and has now signed a multi-year agreement for additional trunking services. The low-latency O3b service enabled PNCC to launch PalauCel 3G Mobile Data Service in January 2015, allowing the company to offer both fixed and mobile data services to its growing subscriber base.

PalauCel also supports 2G/EDGE to enable customers to use existing cell phones for data services before upgrading to 3G-enabled smartphones. Located in the Western Pacific Ocean, Palau is part of the Micronesia island group and has a population of 21,000 spread across 250 islands.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user. O3b’s next generation IP trunking solution boosts existing link capacities to rival the affordability and latency of fibre.

Paul Kingzio, General Manager PNCC, said: "As we continue to seek new and better offerings for our customers, we need reliable and scalable connectivity that will keep up with the increasing needs of subscribers.”

Imran Malik, O3b VP Asia Pacific & the Middle East, added: “Once end users have access to better connectivity, inevitably it leads to a rapid uptick in bandwidth demand, and therefore revenues for our customers.”


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