SES and O3b to provide internet capacity for Digicel

18 January 2013 | Kavit Majithia


Satellite provider SES has partnered with O3b Networks to provide internet capacity to Digicel.

Digicel is aiming to expand its cellular network services across Papua New Guinea and both companies have been contracted on the SES NSS-9 satellite and O3b medium earth orbit fleet.

The multi-year agreement will use C-band capacity on SES’ capability with the aim to provide quality voice and high-speed data services to Digicel’s Papua New Guinea customers.

“As a long-term partner of Digicel we understand their business needs and we are pleased to meet them again by collaborating with O3b Networks,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at SES. “The contract with Digicel is a fine example of how geostationary and medium earth orbit satellites complement each other to offer a unique connectivity solution.”

Digicel is aiming to tap into O3b’s low latency service, in addition to the wide ranging coverage of SES’ satellite.

"Digicel is an innovator in mobile services in the Pacific region. O3b is pleased to support their ongoing innovation with a cost-effective solution to extend coverage with O3b's high capacity, low latency satellite transport," added Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.