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On June 25th, O3B Networks successfully launched 4 of its satellites into orbit. It hopes to have the full complement of 8 satellites in space by the end of the year.

Successfully launched on June 25th

Successfully launched on June 25th

This marks a huge accomplishment.

You can watch the Youtube clip of the launch here.

A blog post on the company website provides further detail on upcoming activities. First up for the

satellites:

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Mar 08

Euro Regulator: New entrants are the dynamic market force https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/more-on-improving-broadband-internet-access/

Feb 09

Toolkit for South Pacific Regulators:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/02/25/189/

Mar 09

Evolution of Wireless standards (WiMAX vs. LTE) and implications for next gen broadband:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/next-generation-wireless-networks-for-mobile-and-broadband-internet/

Highlighting the M-PESA example from Kenya, I talk about how Voda’s product offerings still reflect the attitudes of a monopoly operator:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/mobile-banking-service-in-kenya/

Surge in VoIP traffic in Pacific and planning future network usage:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/voip-traffic-increase-and-planning-for-future-demand/

High-speed experimental wireless networks push performance boundaries  to assist underserved communities:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/wireless-reach-underserved-communities/

One-size-fits-all regulatory approaches can be counterproductive in small countries:

https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/tailoring-liberalization-to-fit-the-pacific-islands/

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In written communication received last week by this blog, O3B Networks announced that the list price for their Quick Start service has been increased from $600/mbps to $750/mbps.

In light of the announcement on Southern Cross pricing by the Commerce Commission in Fiji, this seems like a poorly informed and poorly timed decision by the satellite backhaul service provider.

Previously, this site has praised O3B Networks as a solution to the Pacific’s broadband troubles. The price increase combined with the launch delay till 2012 or beyond, reveals a new direction O3B.

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