|By Business Wire||
|January 17, 2013 03:00 PM EST||
A American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) e a O3b Networks assinaram acordos para que a O3b Networks forneça até 1.2Gbps de conectividade de banda larga futura para Internet e outros serviços para a Samoa Americana a partir de 2013.
A O3b Networks está lançando uma constelação de satélites na órbita média da terra que oferece a velocidade de fibra e alcance de satélite para as nações insulares do Pacífico. Como os satélites O3b estão situados em órbita a apenas 8062 km ao longo do planeta, eles estão quatro vezes mais perto do que os satélites geoestacionários que atenderam à Samoa Americana no passado. Esta proximidade reduz significativamente o atraso de ida e volta para chamadas de voz e a navegação na internet. A constelação O3b estará pronta para o serviço no terceiro trimestre deste ano.
Hoje, o território é atendido por um único cabo submarino de fibra óptica. O desempenho da ligação via satélite O3b será protegido por um conjunto de antenas duplas com 7,3 metros e tecnologia de ponta no Teleporto ASTCA Ili'ili. O aumento da capacidade permitirá que a ASTCA e outros provedores de serviços ofereçam mais serviços baseados em banda larga para os habitantes da Samoa Americana.
Aleki Sene, Diretor Executivo Sênior da ASTCA, disse: "Este acordo marca uma melhoria significativa na acessibilidade de banda larga na Samoa Americana. O serviço O3b diversifica a nossa rota com muita capacidade de baixa latência. A ASTCA continuará a atender nossos clientes através de nossos compromissos de fibra óptica submarino no cabo da ASH. No entanto, no primeiro dia em que a constelação da O3b estiver operacional, a ASTCA dobrará a capacidade de banda larga disponível para os residentes no território. A nova capacidade melhorará as velocidades de rede, a confiabilidade da rede e proporcionará redundância, caso o sistema submarino de fibra óptica falhe."
Uma das razões para a falta de penetração da banda larga na Samoa Americana, que apresentou uma penetração da Internet de 4.5% em uma pesquisa realizada, foi a natureza cara do backhaul. Ambas as soluções de fibra ótica submarina e de satélite tradicional tiveram seus preços estabelecidos bem fora do viável para a economia local. O acordo entre a ASTCA e a O3b muda o cenário da banda larga de forma significativa, ao levar as capacidades de fibra óptica a preços e condições que são acessíveis e economicamente viáveis para os provedores de serviços das ilhas. A ASTCA pode estender os benefícios da capacidade 03b para atender toda a Samoa.
John Finney, Diretor Comercial da O3b Networks, declarou: "Estamos entusiasmados por fazer parte do plano da ASTCA para fornecer capacidade de banda larga com tecnologia de ponta acessível para todos os cidadãos, visitantes e empresas na Samoa Americana. A O3b espera que 2013 marque o início de uma parceria longa e próspera com a ASTCA".
Sobre a O3b Networks Ltd.
O3b Networks Ltd. é uma provedora de serviços de satélite global que está desenvolvendo uma rede de satélites da próxima geração para operadores de telecomunicações, provedores de serviços de Internet, clientes empresariais e de governo nos mercados emergentes. O sistema O3b combinará o alcance global do satélite com a velocidade de uma rede de fibra óptica, oferecendo a bilhões de consumidores e empresas em aproximadamente 180 países conectividade móvel e de internet de baixa latência, alta velocidade e baixo custo. Os investidores da O3b Networks são SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital e Luxempart. A O3b Networks está sediada em St. John, Jersey, Ilhas do Canal.
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