O3b supports Digicel Samoa LTE launch

20 July 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


O3b Networks is supporting Digicel Samoa’s LTE services rollout by providing core connectivity services via its satellite-enabled network.

Digicel’s O3b connection supports data-heavy and latency-sensitive applications such as cloud services, real-time HD video, and multiplayer gaming, which no other satellite network can support.

The use of O3b satellites, which are closer to the earth than conventional geostationary (GEO) satellites, reduces latency, increases internet speed and improves voice and video quality for the user.

“With the launch of LTE services both consumers and businesses can benefit from an enhanced internet experience- this means much faster upload and download speeds, increased productivity and overall improved efficiencies,” said Rory Condon, CEO of Digicel Samoa.

“While our LTE launch was only just over a week ago, we’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback from our customers. We are thankful to have O3b’s support to deliver our services to Samoa.”

For the last two years, Digicel has been using O3b’s high throughput, low latency solution to fuel the growth of 3G data users, as well as Digicel Business services (including cloud and enterprise services) It implemented the O3bTrunk services with a significant long-term data capacity commitment to provide affordable broadband internet and 3G mobile services to their subscriber base. Since the start of service Digicel Samoa has increased contracted capacity by more than 144% with the first significant upgrade within one month of the start of service.

Imran Malik, VP, Asia-Pacific and Middle East for O3b, added: “The launch of LTE is the next logical step for Digicel who strive to bring the latest services for their customer base. O3b is extremely gratified to support Digicel in this regard. The Samoan user base has proven that access to high quality, affordable international connectivity increases data usage exponentially—customers find new possibilities, doing things that used to be impossible.”

The news comes after Digicel switched on LTE services in Jamaica and O3b partnered with Ozonio for connectivity in the Amazon last month.