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Honiara, in the Solomon Islands, will now be able to fully access the World Wide Web as easily and efficiently as users in any major city in the world. Accessing O3b’s affordable and ubiquitous bandwidth with the performance and speed of fiber, Our Telekom customers in the capital will enjoy much improved connectivity.” -- John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer, O3b

10 Wholesale customers in 11 island nations contracted for a total 4.3Gbps making O3b the leading satellite supplier of IP Trunking

St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands – O3b Networks today announced a multi-year agreement to provide trunking services to Solomon Telekom Company Limited (trading as Our Telekom). Under the agreement, Our Telekom will use O3b as their backhaul provider from the Solomon Islands to the Internet.

The Solomon Islands is the fifth largest nation in the Oceania region behind Australia, PNG, New Zealand and Fiji, with over 1000 Islands and an extremely dispersed population. Our Telekom is currently rolling out ADSL and embarking on 3G implementation to the main Islands. The O3b service will allow Our Telekom to significantly increase its bandwidth and improve the speed and quality of service for business and residential customers in Honiara, and, over time, to the Outer Islands.

O3b’s next generation IP trunking solution boosts existing link capacities to rival the throughput and latency of fiber. O3bTrunk delivers round-trip latency of less than 150 milliseconds which is lower than long haul fiber. The result is the highest performance voice and video for Our Telekom’s customers. The service has been very popular in the Pacific region where 10 wholesale customers in 11 island nations have already contracted for 4.3Gbps of capacity making O3b the leading satellite supplier of IP Trunking.

Loyley Ngira, CEO of Our Telekom, said:
“O3b will allow the Solomon Islands access to ultra-fast and very low latency internet in advance of the planned undersea fiber optic cable. Our Telekom will provide faster services to other parts of the country and have a first class backup service for the fiber cable. O3b will enable Our Telekom to quickly transform the way people in the Solomon Islands work and learn. The new service will allow the healthcare sector to use real time medical applications not previously available. For our tourism sector, O3b will enable us to grow the market allowing travelers to have access to the high speed internet services they are used to in their own countries. Our Telekom has always been The Innovator in the Solomon Islands market and this partnership with O3b enables us to deliver even better quality of service to our customers.”

John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer, O3b said:
“Our Telekom will now benefit from the fibre-like speeds and low latency of the O3b network. Utilizing MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) satellites at much low altitudes, O3b can offer fiber-like speeds with lower latency at more affordable wholesale pricing. Honiara will now be able to fully access the World Wide Web as easily and efficiently as users in any major city in the world. Accessing O3b’s affordable and ubiquitous bandwidth with the performance and speed of fiber, Our Telekom customers in the capital will enjoy much improved connectivity.”

About O3b Networks Limited
O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About Our Telekom
Solomon Telekom Company Limited (Our Telekom) is a joint venture company between Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, (SINPF) which hold 64.74% of the shares, and Cable & Wireless Plc of the United Kingdom which holds 32.58% of shares and the Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands (ICSI) which owns 2.68% of the shares.
Solomon Telekom Company Limited was formed when a merger took place of the telecommunications division of Government Post & Telecommunications with Solomon Islands International Telecommunications Limited SOLTEL, a private company, on 21st July 1988.

Prior to the merger, the P&T operated the domestic high frequency radio services and local telephone exchanges and services and SOLTEL exclusively operated the international communications for the Solomon Islands providing voice and data.

For more information, please go to www.ourtelekom.com.

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