Fibre from the sky: the missing link in rural connectivity?
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Fibre from the sky: the missing link in rural connectivity?

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O3b Networks proposes an innovative solution to providing high quality mobile broadband experiences beyond the economic reach of fibre networks

O3b Networks was created with a vision to connect the other three billion (hence O3b) potential mobile subscribers who currently lack mobile broadband access. Their vision is to leverage a growing constellation of Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites set a little over 8,000km above the Earth, enabling O3b to offer the global reach of satellite with the speed of fiber. They have set out to overcome the dual challenges of satellite connectivity: high cost and poor performance. To find out whether the O3b business model is complimentary or competitive to traditional networks of ground based telecom towers, TowerXchange spoke to CEO Steve Collar.


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