O3b Networks Ltd makes inroads into Nigeria’s Internet market


O3b Networks Ltd. announced it will begin deployment of a new high capacity backhaul infrastructure for Galaxy Wireless Communications Limited to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to its emerging and fast growing subscriber base in Nigeria. The deal is a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with Galaxy Wireless Communications that will support its G-MAXTM Broadband service, providing IP connectivity and Broadband Wireless solutions on its WiMAX network.

This contract will enable Galaxy Wireless to deploy domestically and internationally an efficient IP backbone network, known as the G-MAXCLOUDTM, with initial scalable bandwidth in excess of 2 Gbps to serve fixed and mobile operators, enterprises and internet service providers with an ultra low latency, web 2.0 capable internet experience. Galaxy Wireless Communications Ltd. African operations is headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria.

O3b Networks, funded by Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, recently announced it will deploy the world’s first ultra-low-latency, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), Ka-band, fiber-speed satellite network. The network is designed to provide an Internet backbone for Internet Service Providers and Telco’s in emerging markets. Service activation and ground equipment is scheduled for late 2010.

Galaxy Wireless Communications Ltd CEO, Gerald Nwosu, declared that “O3b Networks is providing much needed capacity with a price and quality of service guarantee that will forever change the landscape of affordable internet access in Africa. Combined with our state of the art G-MAXCLOUDTM proposed for the entire country especially un-served and underserved areas, Galaxy Wireless Communications will remain at the cutting edge of secure, ubiquitous, high quality affordable internet access.”

O3b Networks’ EVP of Sales and Marketing, John Finney, added that “innovative and entrepreneurial Galaxy Wireless Communications Ltd is a perfect example of a partner that O3b Networks will be working with to make sure that the benefits of quality and affordability of O3b are implemented with success on the ground”.

In parallel, the company has signed a deal with satellite and wireless broadband equipment supplier Netcom Africa. O3b Networks will provide to Netcom Africa high-bandwidth, low-latency IP services to and within Nigeria.