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O3b Networks Announces Strategic Marketing Alliance with Harris CapRock to Deliver High-Speed, Low Latency Communications Solutions to Oil and Gas Market

St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands/Houston, Texas - November 6, 2012 - O3b Networks and Harris CapRock Communications today announced plans to develop a strategic marketing alliance focused on ultra high-speed, low latency exploration and production communications capabilities. As part of the initiative, Harris CapRock plans to add O3b Network's O3bEnergy solution to its portfolio for customers in the energy market. O3bEnergy is a satellite-delivered solution that will empower oil and gas companies with latencies under 150 milliseconds, unlimited, affordable bandwidth, and unrivaled operational savings.

O3bEnergy will deliver speedy data transfers, up to 2 Terabytes per day, fully capable of significantly reducing time to production by enabling real-time seismic surveys of oil reserves beneath the ocean floor. O3bEnergy will provide fiber-like connectivity to oil and gas platforms and search vessels without the major upfront CAPEX investments, outage concerns, lack of mobility and lengthy ramp up times of fiber. Oil and gas companies and systems integrators will be able to easily integrate the high capacity, low latency satellite offering to get far more from their existing enterprise systems and operational budgets.

The alliance extends an innovative partnership between Harris CapRock and O3b Networks to dramatically improve the Internet experience aboard the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's Oasis of the Seas. The maritime service leverages O3b's unique Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite fleet and Harris CapRock's extensive integration expertise.

"Harris CapRock customers require unmatched voice, video and data capabilities in some of the harshest, most isolated and challenging conditions, and the low latency advantages of O3bEnergy represent an exciting new capability for some applications in the oil field, including seismic vessels," said David Myers, Global Commercial Officer for Harris CapRock. "Adding the O3b Networks solution to our portfolio will enhance customer operations through better efficiencies and connectivity."

"O3bEnergy will forever change the way most energy companies operate by eliminating offshore communications limitations and enabling centralized IT operations," said John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer for O3b Networks. "More bandwidth at latencies under 150 milliseconds will unleash a faster and more responsive network capable of running mission-critical business communications systems and applications across a global enterprise," he noted. "The planned alliance between Harris CapRock and O3b represents an important, new era in oil and gas communications."

Initiating service in 3rd Quarter of 2013, O3bEnergy will enable oil and gas companies and systems integrators to provide fiber-like connectivity to oil and gas rigs and seismic survey ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, Angola, Asia and other key markets around the world.

About Harris CapRock
Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, specifically for remote and harsh environments including the energy, government and maritime markets. Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, five 24/7 customer support centers, local presence in 23 countries, and over 275 global field service personnel supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.

About O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for large enterprises (Oil, Gas & Mining) telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISP's). The O3b Networks system will combine global reach and the speed of a fiber-optic network. With investments and operational support from SES, Google Inc. Liberty Global, Inc. HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners and Allen & Company, the O3b system will provide large enterprises and telcos with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their networks to the rest of the world. This will allow consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands

For further information please contact:
Vicki Warker, VP, Marketing, O3b Networks Ltd.
[email protected]
Mobile: 202-340-7120
www.o3bnetworks.com

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