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Satellites Launched to Bring Rural Areas Online

O3b Networks,launched a series of satellites which is supposed to provide fast, cheap Internet and phone service to remote areas in 180 countries.

Jun 30, 2013 18:17 IST
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O3b Networks, whose name represents the other 3 billion in month of June 2013, launched a series of satellites which is supposed to provide fast, cheap Internet and phone service to remote areas in 180 countries.

The idea behind launching such satellite is to bring people from remote area online by the end of the year 2013. Google have already committed to invest about 1.2 billion dollars in support.

O3b Networks is planning to supply the bandwidth for voice and data traffic to mobile phone operators instead of being sold directly to customers and internet service providers who will be able to track the satellites with ground stations.

A group of four satellites was launched on 25 June 2013 in a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana and it is going to be followed with similar satellite launch of four more in September 2013 and another four next year.

 The Outstanding property of the satellite is that is every satellite will be able to transfer data at a rate of 12 gigabits per second. Other satellites may eventually be launched to increase the data capacity of the cohort.

Advantage of the Satellite launched


• The launch of satellite will provide cheap, fast data transfer to remote areas without Internet access or phone service.
• The satellite service accessible and affordable, even in poorer regions.

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