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Afghani NEDA Telecommunications to deploy Quick Start IP trunking from O3b

O3b Networks has been developing a new fibre-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecoms operators and ISPs. It is now able to anounce that the largest ISP in Afghanistan, NEDA Telecommunications, will deploy O3b Networks' Quick Start service as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement. The agreement will provide low-latency, fibre quality, Internet connectivity between Afghanistan and the global internet infrastructure.

O3b Networks, funded by Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, recently announced it will deploy the world's first ultra-low-latency, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Ka-band, fibre-speed satellite network. The network is designed to improve Internet access for millions of consumers and businesses in emerging and developed markets, as well as selected vertical markets. Service activation and ground equipment is scheduled for late 2010.

"O3b Networks allows us to significantly enhance our ISP services," said Paul Shaw, CEO of NEDA. "With O3b's low-latency connection to the global Internet, our customers will be able to fully utilise today's web 2.0 applications. There is a substantial and continuously growing demand all across Afghanistan for Internet services. Throughout the world low latency access to the Internet at significantly lower costs is proving to be a key factor in economic and social development. We are proud to be a part of bringing the O3B service to Afghanistan, and helping Afghanistan to compete on an equal basis with the rest of the world."

John Finney, EVP Sales and Marketing for O3b Networks, stated: "Customers, like NEDA Telecom, get connected directly to the global fibre Internet infrastructure without a huge capital expenditure. Our Quick Start offer provides an affordable, reliable, backhaul solution for connecting directly to the global Internet while QuickVAR provides a way for NEDA to provide cellular backhaul to thousands of towers across Afghanistan. In emerging countries like Afghanistan, having an affordable, low-latency connection to the global internet provides the opportunity to stimulate economic development on par with the connected world."

* O3b Networks is building a new fibre-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telcos and ISPs in emerging markets. With deployment scheduled for late 2010, the O3b Networks system will provide telcos and ISPs with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their 3G, WiMAX and fixed-line networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions of consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications.

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