Palau National Communications Corporation has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to increase its allotted capacity to bring faster, more reliable connectivity to Palau.
O3b Networks satellite technology enables PNCC to offer high-performance 3G mobile services to its customers in the remote island nation, with the latency and throughput required to support other technologies in the future.
Palau is comprised of more than 300 volcanic coral islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, eight of which are inhabited by more than 21,000 residents. Historically, achieving connectivity via undersea cables has been logistically challenging and cost prohibitive. This upgrade with O3b is a direct effect of the results PNCC has seen with connectivity through O3b’s low-latency, high throughput Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Satellites. O3b Networks is the only satellite operator that can deliver connectivity comparable to fibre, making it the ideal solution to bring broadband quality internet to places like Palau.
Since PNCC began its relationship with O3b in 2013, the company has experienced dramatic improvement in speed and reliability of its services. In the short 17-month relationship, PNCC has upgraded its capacity three times. In addition to supporting existing 3G data and Wi-Fi hotspots, PNCC currently supports fixed broadband using DSL. The increase demonstrates the significant impact access to reliable high-speed broadband internet has had on demand for improved services in Palau.
“Just because an island nation is remote, doesn't mean it's residents should be subject to low-performance internet,” said Imran Malik, Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Asia for O3b. “Everyone deserves broadband connectivity, and PNCC is showing the rest of the world it can be done more easily, quickly and economically with O3b.”
“We launched 3G services as soon as we went live with O3b, and right away the data usage began increasing,” Paulus K. Kingzio, General Manager of PNCC. “We needed an international connection that would support the required 3G networks for services and applications our customers are demanding, and we found that with O3b.”