Pakistan Soon to Get High Speed Satellite Internet with O3b


Fibre quality internet connectivity over satellite is soon going to be available to majority of population on the earth, including Pakistan.

The service – that is planned for a commercial launch in coming few months – will operate through world’s first ever Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites that are capable of offering fibre like internet speeds to the end users.

O3b networks – dubbed for other three billion without internet – is on a mission to link developing countries via high-speed Internet over satellite where there is no other medium of connectivity.

Firm claims to have financial and operational support from Google, SES, HSBC, Liberty Global, Development Bank of South Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Allen & Company.

O3b’s satellites will fly in medium earth orbit 8,062Kms over the equator in comparison to the traditional GEO (geostationary earth orbit) based satellites at 36,000 Kms.

O3b said that it aims at reaching customers in a band between 45 degrees north and 45 degrees south latitude, home to most of the world’s population.


Pakistan’s leading IT and telecom enabler, Interactive E-solutions will commercially launch high speed O3b services in near future in the country.

The spacecraft host KA-Band antennas to broadcast services to customers out of reach of terrestrial broadband networks, boosting data many folds throughput and connection speeds in homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.

O3b claims to have a system with low-latency, higher-speed alternative to conventional geostationary satellites.

O3b’s stands for “other 3 billion,” referencing the approximate number of people without reliable, high-speed Internet connections in developing countries.

While sharing his thoughts over the launch of another 4 satellites of O3b, Shahid Mahmud, Chairman/CEO of Interactive Group said, “We are extremely excited and welcome the successful launch of O3b satellites. Pakistani market offers immense appetite for bandwidth and data in areas of application in health, telemedicine, education, e-learning, e-governance, public safety and many others. Very soon, we will usher in a new era of Internet usage by proliferating the positive effects of connectivity amongst the people of Pakistan.”

O3b CEO Steve Collar while talking to the media at French Guiana stated, “We are thrilled at the successful launch of our satellites. The four satellites launched Thursday will enter service within few months.” He stated.

“We are already looking at the third launch of another 4 satellites which will make constellation of 12 satellites by end of this year, but we can grow to more than 100,” Collar said. “The future is very bright, and we will only be limited by the market. For the time being, we don’t see any stop in the demand for broadband connectivity, so we’re going to keep launching satellites and keep deploying services for as long as there is demand.” He stated in his concluding remarks.

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