O3b to launch first four satellites, begin offering web connection in distant areas

O3b to launch first 4 satellites, start providing internet connection in remote areas

It has been a number of years since we have heard about O3b’s mission to offer reasonably priced web entry the place it isn’t at present out there, and for some time we thought we might by no means see it occur. Fortunately, the corporate’s plans did not fall by the wayside: O3b is lastly slated to launch its first 4 satellites on June 24, with the subsequent 4 capturing into orbit someday in September. The corporate goals to ship a complete of sixteen medium-earth orbit (MEO) satellites to area that small ISPs in Latin America, the Center East, Asia, Australia, and Africa can faucet into. As soon as they’re operational, O3b claims the beforehand unconnected can expertise max obtain speeds of as much as 1.2Gbps, giving Google Fiber a run for its cash. The satellites will start their journey from French Guiana, however you need not fly there to be a part of the occasion — simply sit back and monitor it reside on-line by way of Ariane Area.

[Thanks, Vicki]

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