Monday, 15 September 2008

A different kind of Google phone

A new satellite communications company - O3b Networks - is aiming to provide high-speed, low-cost communications for billions of people in emerging markets. The venture is backed by financial and operational support from Google, cable operators Liberty Global and HSBC. It plans to offer voice and broadband services by using satellite technology for the main 'backbone' of the network. Service activation is scheduled for late 2010. The company's name - O3b - reflects its aim of connecting developed countries with the “other three billion” people who have limited internet access. [Press release]

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