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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.
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
Euro Regulator: New entrants are the dynamic market force https://coconutwireless.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/more-on-improving-broadband-internet-access/
Toolkit for South Pacific Regulators:
Evolution of Wireless standards (WiMAX vs. LTE) and implications for next gen broadband:
Highlighting the M-PESA example from Kenya, I talk about how Voda’s product offerings still reflect the attitudes of a monopoly operator:
Surge in VoIP traffic in Pacific and planning future network usage:
High-speed experimental wireless networks push performance boundaries to assist underserved communities:
One-size-fits-all regulatory approaches can be counterproductive in small countries:
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.